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Christopher Austin HADFIELD
Colonel, CAF, Ret,
Astronaut, Canadian Space Agency, Canada
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Born on August 29, 1959, in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.
In 1975 he received a flight license upon graduation from High School of Cadets.
In 1977 he graduated from Milton District High School in Ontario.
In 1978 - 1980 he studied at the Royal Roads Military College, Victoria, British Columbia.
In 1982 he received a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering, Royal Military College, Kingston. Then he conducted post-graduate research at the University of Waterloo, Ontario.
Received a Master of Science in aviation systems at the University of Tennessee in 1992.
FAMILY STATUS: married to Helene Walter. They have three children.
HOBBY: playing volleyball, running, skiing, reading, playing guitar.
Hadfield joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1978.
From 1980 to 1985 he passed flight training at different colleges and bases, CAF.
In 1985 - 1987 he served in 425 squadron of the Canadian Air Force being a part of the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD). He flew the CF-18 fighter. In June 1985 he flew the first CF-18 intercept of a Soviet "Bear" aircraft (Tu-95).
In 1988 - 1989 he passed training at the United States Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
From 1989 - 1992 he served under the military personnel exchange program as an exchange officer with the U.S. Navy at Strike Test Directorate at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.
Hadfield has flown over 70 different types of aircraft.
In June1992 he was selected as an astronaut during the second national selection.
In July 1992 he was selected for training as a mission specialist at NASA. From August 3, 1992 he passed a one-year training, together with candidates for NASA astronauts, the 14-th selection and got qualification as a mission specialist.
Upon completion of his training at Johnson Space Center he served at NASA and occupied different posts, in particular during 25 shuttle missions he was NASA's Chief ÑàðÑîò, the voice of mission control to astronauts in orbit.
In 1996 - 2000 he was the Chief of the astronaut Corps. of the Canadian Space Agency.
On June 9, 1997 he was assigned to the crew of STS-99 (later this flight was designated as STS-100.
He performed the first space flight on November 12 - 20, 1995 as a mission
specialist in the crew of the Atlantis shuttle (STS-74). On November 14 the docking of the additional docking module delivered by the shuttle was provided. On November 15 the docking of
the shuttle and the Mir Station occurred. Thus, Hadfield became
the first Canadian astronaut who visited Russian Station Mir.
The flight duration was 8 days 4 hours 30 min 44 sec.
He performed the second space flight on April 19 - May 1, 2001 as the mission specialist in the crew of the Endeavour shuttle (STS-100).
The main objective of the mission was the cargo delivery to the ISS in resupply module Raffaello and installation of Canadarm2 on the station.
During the flight he performed two EVAs:
of the duration of 7 hours 10 min on April 22 and 7hours 40 min on April 24.
The flight duration was 11 days 21 hours 30 min.
In 2002 Hadfield was NASA representative in Russia. He was responsible for organization of the International crew training in Russia and coordination of activities between Russia and other ISS partners.
Took part in experiments in the Aquarius Underwater Laboratory (belongs to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - NOAA) at a period of October 3 - 20, 2005 as a backup crewmember.
In August 2007 he was preliminarily assigned to the backup crew of Expedition 20 to the ISS (ISS-20). On February 12, 2008 NASA officially declared on his assignment to the backup crew.
On June 22 - 28, 2008 in Sevastopol (the Ukraine) he participated in the training within the preliminary crew, together with Maxim Ponomarev (Russia) and Andre Kuipers (the Netherlands) in case of the descent vehicle water landing.
By the data of site www.astronaut.ru.