Chris Hadfield offers Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

Jian chats with Chris Hadfield in Studio Q (Mitch Pollock/CBC)

Jian chats with Chris Hadfield in Studio Q (Mitch Pollock/CBC)


Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station, is back on terra firma after his five-month mission in space. And, wouldn't you know it, he gained some serious perspective on life on Earth while living 300 kilometres above it.

With his signature eloquence, Hadfield is now sharing what he learned in a new memoir An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth -- a book that chronicles his greatest adventures but also his most devastating losses.

The recently retired astronaut joins Jian for a conversation that is literally and figuratively more down-to-earth than their previous chat. He opens up on both the banal and sublime aspects of space travel, clarifies that his career path wasn't a straightforward one, and offers his advice to anyone who dares to lead an extraordinary life.

Watch Hadfield repeat his viral wet towel experiment

We asked Hadfield to repeat one of his most-viewed experiments and wring out a wet washcloth in far more familiar conditions. Take a look at what happened below.

One of the most distinct aspects of Hadfield's recent voyage was his widely celebrated social media presence. His stunning photographs from space, his poetic and informative updates, and his playful exchanges with earthlings like William Shatner (a.k.a. Star Trek's Capt. Kirk) inspired millions to think about the vastness of the universe.

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