Chapter 11 – Canadian Engineers
Was the first Canadian to
Born August 29, 1959, in Sarnia, and raised in Milton, Ontario.
Education: Graduated as an Ontario Scholar from Milton District High School in 1977; Received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (with honours), Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, in 1982; Conducted post-graduate research at the University of Waterloo, Ontario in 1982; Received a Master of Science in aviation systems at the University of Tennessee in 1992.
Experience: In June 1992 Chris Hadfield was selected to become one of four new Canadian astronauts from a field of 5330 applicants.
In November 1995 Hadfield served as Mission Specialist 1 on STS-74, NASA‘s second space shuttle mission to rendezvous and dock with the Russian Space Station Mir.
In April 2001 Hadfield served as Mission Specialist 1 on STS-100 International Space Station (ISS) assembly Flight 6A. The crew of Space Shuttle Endeavour delivered and installed Canadarm2, the new Canadian-built robotic arm, as well as the Italian-made resupply module Raffaello.
In September 2010, Chris Hadfield was assigned to Expedition 34/35. On December 19, 2012 he launched aboard the Russian Soyuz, enroute to becoming the second Canadian to take part in a long-duration spaceflight aboard the ISS. On March 13, 2013 he became the first Canadian to command a spaceship as Commander of the ISS during the second portion of his five-month stay in space. On May 13, Hadfield, Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko landed in Kazakhstan after travelling almost 99.8 million kilometres while completing 2,336 orbits of Earth. The trio spent 146 days in space, 144 of which were aboard the station.