Canada’s Hadfield blasts off for 5-month space station visit

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Baikonur, Kazakhstan — Chris Hadfield has successfully blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a mission that is to see him become the first Canadian to command the International Space Station.

Hadfield is travelling to the space station on board a Russian Soyuz capsule for a five-month visit to the giant orbiting space lab. He is sharing the trip to the space station with NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko.

Governor-General David Johnston called Hadfield’s launch “a great day for Canada, a great day for the world of discovery and innovation.”

He joined the families of Canadian Space Agency employees at its headquarters south of Montreal to watch the event on a giant TV screen.

“We’re so proud that Chris Hadfield now is up in space — the first Canadian to be commanding the space station in March,” he said. “And now we simply pray for a continued safe mission and a safe return.”

During his stay, Hadfield, an avid guitar player, plans to do some strumming to help him deal with homesickness. The 53-year-old space veteran will also be involved with more than 130 experiments including Micro-flow, a Canadian blood-sampling experiment which he compared to a hospital in a box.

During the second half of his mission, Hadfield will become the first Canadian to command the space station.

This is Hadfield’s third space journey.

Organizations: International Space Station, NASA, Canadian Space Agency

Geographic location: Canada, Kazakhstan, Montreal

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  • they are all in space
    December 19, 2012 - 10:46

    chris hadfield in space, so whats the big deal that he will command the space station? back on earth we still have poverty, millionare greedy hockey players, corrupt politicians, dictatorship, and a bunch of useless MHA'S that are out in space when it comes to muskrat falls. SO WHO CARES !