Chris Hadfield
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"Chris Austin Hadfield" is a retired Canadian Astronaut Corps/Canadian astronaut who was the first Canadian people/Canadian to walk in space. An engineer and former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot, Hadfield has flown two space shuttle missions and served as commander of the International Space Station.

Hadfield, who was raised on a farm in southern Ontario, was inspired as a child when he watched the Apollo 11/Apollo 11 Moon landing on TV. He attended high school in Oakville and Milton and earned his glider pilot licence as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces and earned an engineering degree at Royal Military College of Canada/Royal Military College. While in the military he learned to fly various types of aircraft and eventually became a test pilot and flew several experimental planes. As part of an exchange program with the United States Navy and United States Air Force, he obtained a master's degree in aviation systems at the University of Tennessee Space Institute.

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I'll reach up with the shuttle arm, almost like passing a baton from the new arm to the old arm.

Our role is to develop techniques that allow us to provide emergency life-saving procedures to injured patients in an extreme, remote environment without the presence of a physician.

If only there was someone out here with long arms.

That's how we ended up providing those things, not by some sort of graciousness, but because of our raw ability and proven track record and they worked perfectly.

Now picture Sasha floating freely in space and she wanted to go to sleep.

So without that Canadian invention we were grounded.

I think Canada in general should be very proud of our capabilities. We are absolute world leaders in space robotics.

When we needed a long extension on the Canadarm 1 in order to be able to inspect the outside plus sensors on the end, NASA . . . looked through the whole world for who had the best capability and the most promising ability to build something and Canada won.

It's beautiful to see the Big Arm moving the pallet around, ... Big relief.