During his most recent tour aboard the International Space Station the Canadian astronaut became a media sensation while getting to live out a childhood dream and assume command of the station. And amongst all of the experiments he was responsible for, and the actual management of the ISS itself, Commander Hadfield has become an ambassador for the program and our continued space exploration. But after thirty-five years of public service and a career marked with notable milestones, it is unsurprising that he would seek retirement now. Even that he managed to do with flare, as while the official announcement was made on June 10th, his actual resignation was made in March aboard the space station. Likely a world’s first.
Below is a short video (approximately 1 1/2 minutes) from the Canadian Press chronicling Commander Hadfield’s last tour aboard the International Space Station.