On Thursday, November 16th 5M was one of three Canadian schools chosen to conference with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield in Star City Russia. Commander Hadfield spoke with students from a grade 6 class from Pinewood Elementary School in Mascouche, Québec and students from St. Bernard of Clairvaux School in Missassauga, Ontario. Students prepared questions and asked Commander Hadfield about his experiences in space.
Chris Hadfied was born August 29, 1959, in Sarnia, and was raised in Milton, Ontario. Chris Hadfield joined the Canadian Air Force and flew CF-18s for the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD). In June 1992 Colonel 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. During the flight, the crew of Space Shuttle Atlantis attached a five-tonne docking module to Mir and transferred over 1,000 kg of food, water, and scientific supplies to the cosmonauts. Hadfield flew as the first Canadian mission specialist, the first Canadian to operate the Canadarm in orbit, and the only Canadian to ever board 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. During the 11-day flight, Hadfield performed two spacewalks, which made him the first Canadian to ever leave a spacecraft and float freely in space. In total, Hadfield spent 14 hours, 54 minutes outside, travelling 10 times around the world.
In September 2010, Hadfield was assigned to Expedition 34/35. In 2013, he will launch as Flight Engineer 1 aboard Russian Soyuz 33 to take part in a long-duration spaceflight aboard the ISS. In the March 2013, during the second portion of his 6-month stay in space, Col. Hadfield will become the first Canadian to command a spaceship, as Commander of the International Space Station.
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