Chris Hadfield is one of only nine Canadian astronauts and has many records for Canada under his belt. First Canadian astronaut to spacewalk. CAPCOM for 25 Space Shuttle missions. Tied with Marc Garneau for number of trips to space. In March, when the Expedition 34 crew departs for Earth, Hadfield will become the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station.
Before the Expedition 35 crew launch, the Globe and Mail published this article by Hadfield’s son Evan. Most kids don’t think twice about Dad getting in the car to drive to work, but strapping into a Soyuz? Another matter entirely. I’m sure our readers with military parents can identify with that fear. Reading that article reminded me of the family scenes in “Apollo 13”, as well as nearly getting into a fistfight in college after the Challenger accident. (Someone who should have known better told the joke, “What does NASA stand for? Need Another Seven Astronauts” within earshot.)
Anyway, the Soyuz launched safely, and the crew has been busy on ISS. Hadfield’s Twitter is @Cmdr_Hadfield. Yesterday, he responded to a twitter from fellow Canuck William Shatner. (thanks, XBrad, for the link.)
Hahahahaha. Godspeed, sir.