Chris Hadfield

A Space Leader

who is Chris Hadfield?

Hadfield was born on august 29, 1959 in Sarnia and grew up in In Milton, Ontario. Before becoming an astronaut, Chris Hadfield used to work as a fighter pilot for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and flew the CF-18s. Later in life, he became a test pilot working for the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. He tested the F/A-18 and A-7 aircraft and helped NASA perform research on Flight. While working as a test pilot Chris Hadfield had flown more than 70 different types of air crafts. It wasn't until 1992 that Chris managed to actually get close to going to space, when he was 1 out of the 4 new Canadian astronauts. He was stationed in Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where he did various things one of which being NASA’s chief Cap com, communicating with space shuttles as the voice of the mission control . From 1996-2000 he worked as the Chief Astronaut for the CSA. Then From 2006, Hadfeild served as the chief of International Space Station Operations at the Johnson Space Center. Finally After dedicating his years to space Hadfeild retired on July 3, 2013 .

Appearance Matter- and remember to smile

Chris Hadfeild is a leader who knows how much appearance matter if you want others trust and respect you. Therefore, there is never a time when Chris isn't smiling, whether it’s when he is interacting with his crew members or viewers watching his YouTube videos. Which is also why he makes videos of himself experimenting in space. So he can inspire others and teach them about space and the unknown. In the YouTube videos he is always dressed casually or in his space suit because he knows that the video isn't supposed to be something serious, it’s for people to learn and enjoy. However when he makes his speeches about inspiration, living your dream and leadership in front of a crowed he is always dressed up in suites so people know that he is serious. He knows how to dress for the occasion.

Tears in Space (Don't Fall)

Courage is not the absence of fear - it's inspiring others to move beyond it

Chris Hadfield became the first Canadian to ever become Commander of the International Space Station something other than Russian or American astronauts haven’t done. He manage to set a very important milestone for the Canadians, inspiring so many in Canada to do the same. As he leader of the ISS he hoped to do nothing less than encourage others as he said in one of his speech “The greatest gift you can give to somebody is an essential fundamental belief in a purpose within themselves of something that helps give them guidance in the distance – something to help make the small decisions in your life,” Chris is defiantly a leader who knows how to inspire others to move beyond.

Quitting is leading too

Although Chris Hadfield didn't necessary quite, he did decided to retire after a long time given to space. However, even after retiring he hasn't stopped teaching people about space and being a good leader. He knows that although he can’t go to space himself, he can still teach people about space through books, speeches and videos. Although he has retired as an astronaut, his love for space still continues.


Chris Hadfield is a magnificent leader who has changed Canada and all Canadians thoughts about space. He has taught everyone so much things about space from his videos. Most of all he gave inspiration to everyone to leave there dreams, and the fact that dreams can come true.