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Order of Canada
Chris Austin Hadfield, O.C., O.Ont., M.S.C., C.D.
Toronto, Ontario [Canada]
Officer of the Order of Canada
Awarded on May 8, 2014; Invested on November 18, 2015
For his commitment to promoting scientific discovery and for sharing the wonders of space exploration with the world.
Chris Hadfield has inspired Canadians to reach new heights. His childhood dream of becoming an astronaut led him to study and train as an engineer, and then to a distinguished career as an Air Force test pilot before he was selected for the Canadian astronaut corps. Over the next 20 years, he flew on three missions to space, and served as chief capsule communicator for 25 space shuttle missions. In 2012, he became the first Canadian to command the International Space Station, where his gift for sharing the wonders of space flight captured the global imagination and created renewed interest in scientific discovery.