Called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong”, Colonel Chris Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible to millions, and infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness, not felt since humanity first walked on the Moon. His cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity has been viewed over 35 million times on YouTube, and he is the creator and musician behind his hit album, Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can. In addition, Colonel Hadfield is the author of the internationally bestselling books for adults, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth and You Are Here, as well as the internationally bestselling children’s book, The Darkest Dark. With over five millions followers on social media and frequently appearing in leading media – including The New York Times, the BBC, and the CBC – Colonel Hadfield continues to be “out of this world”.
Colonel Hadfield’s many awards include the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.
He has also been commemorated on Canadian postage stamps, Royal Canadian Mint coins, and on Canada’s newest five dollar bill (along with fellow astronauts Steve MacLean and Dave Williams).