A Cuffer with Chris Hadfield

  • Downhome Magazine
  • Posted: Nov 19, 2014 4:01 PM

By Linda Browne  

As a nine-year-old boy growing up on a corn farm in southern Ontario, Chris Hadfield gazed up at the sky and dreamed about becoming an astronaut. Since then, the now retired astronaut, 55, has had many firsts: the first Canadian to walk in space, the first Canadian to operate the Canadarm in space, the first Canadian to command the International Space Station (ISS), among many others. He’s been hailed by the BBC as "the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong" (who, along with Buzz Aldrin, inspired Hadfield to become an astronaut when they walked on the moon). For a man who has accomplished so much, he remains incredibly humble and grounded (pun intended). With his space boots hung up and his feet firmly planted on Earth, Hadfield now spends his days sharing his experiences with audiences all over the planet that he loves so dearly. Hadfield visited Mile One Centre in St. John's on November 17, 2014 and shared the most glorious moments of his life on earth and beyond. Prior to his speaking engagement, in October, the astronaut chatted with Downhome, offering a glimpse into the life of the man behind all those space missions. 

Click the audio below to listen to Linda's interview with Hadfield.