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12 Highlights of Chris Hadfield's High-Flying Career

Guitar Playing With A View

NASA

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

Elizabeth Howell is a contributing writer for Space.com who is one of the few Canadian journalists to report regularly on space exploration. She is the author or co-author of several books on space exploration. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota in Space Studies, and an M.Sc. from the same department. She also holds a bachelor of journalism degree from Carleton University in Canada, where she began her space-writing career in 2004. Besides writing, Elizabeth teaches communications at the university and community college level, and for government training schools. To see her latest projects, follow Elizabeth on Twitter at @howellspace.