The most charismatic Canadian astronaut ever to walk in space is coming to Kamloops, but it remains to be seen whether he’ll bring his guitar.
Chris Hadfield strummed and sang his way into the hearts of millions around the world while video blogging his experience aboard the International Space Station from December 2012 to May 2013.
He educated and entertained the world through social media by answering the public's questions and deconstructing the mysteries and wonders of space.
And his version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity on YouTube has received more than 17 million hits so far.
On Oct. 4, he comes to Thompson Rivers University to present An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth — also the title of his new book — for the year’s first TRU President's Lecture Series.
The public is invited to the free talk at 7 p.m. at the Grand Hall of the Campus Activity Centre.
The lecture will also be simulcast to the university’s Williams Lake campus.
Earlier in the day, Hadfield will give an invitation-only presentation to an audience largely made up of TRU science students, faculty, School District 73 students and TRU science alumni.
In 1992, Hadfield was one of four applicants from a field of 5,330 to join the Canadian Space Agency.
He received a NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2002, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 and was inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame in 2005.
In 2006, he was commemorated on Royal Canadian Mint silver and gold coins for his spacewalk to install Canadarm2 on the International Space Station.
On July 3 of this year and after 21 years of service, Hadfield announced his retirement and has been writing and touring since.