12 Highlights of Chris Hadfield's High-Flying Career

Guitar Playing With A View


Hadfield also played guitar regularly on the station, particularly in the Cupola, a wraparound window view in the station that faces Earth. In orbit during Expedition 34/35 in 2013, Hadfield performed an original song called "I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)" with the Barenaked Ladies' Ed Robertson joining in from Earth. Hadfield's version of "Space Oddity" in orbit also drew accolades from its original creator, David Bowie.

Star Trekkers: The Next Generation

Canadian Space Agency

Hadfield (center) announced his retirement from the Canadian Space Agency and government service on June 10, 2013. His departure July 3 clears the way for the two remaining Canadian astronauts to take their first journeys into space: David Saint-Jacques (left) and Jeremy Hansen. The next Canadian flight is expected to take place no earlier than 2016.

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Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for Space.com for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace