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Chris Hadfield on why he won't bungee jump, Russia, and what dead pine trees look like from space

Chris Hadfield will be at the Exploration Place museum at Bob Ewart Memorial Dinner in Prince George Saturday, April 5.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is a busy man. From the stages of the TED Talks conference to university campuses to the Juno Awards, he is in demand as a speaker around the world. "That's how you get stuff done," he says when asked how he keeps up his schedule. "I was a lot busier as an astronaut."

Hadfield rose to fame as the social-media savvy commander of the International Space Station, though he says he had already had a taste of celebrity. "When I first flew in space back in 1995, it was quite celebrated. I was on the cover of Time Magazine, and since then schools have been named after me, and postage stamps and things. It's not like it just suddenly began."

In all parts of life Hadfield says preparation is key so you expect the unexpected.

"[It's] what keeps an astronaut alive," he says. "A lot of people view test pilots and astronauts as daredevils or adrenaline junkies or something. In fact, we're just the opposite." 

"To me one of the most interesting things is life is to be able to do something that is complicated, that has a level of risk involved, but to be able to to do it with a high probability of success because you've figured out how."

Which means certain activities are off-limits.

"I would never bungee jump. There's no skill. A sack of flour could bungee jump just as well as I could... That just doesn't appeal to me."

To hear Chris Hadfield's thoughts on risk, Russia, and what northern B.C. looks like from outer space, listen to the interview below: 

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Chris Hadfield will be at the Exploration Place museum in Prince George from 11:30 until 1 on Saturday, April 5. He will then be delivering the keynote address at the Dr. Bob Ewart Memorial Dinner at the Prince George Civic Centre from 5:30 pm to 11 pm.

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