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Beloved Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield visits Falkland school

Chris Hadfield outside of Falkland Elementary School.
Image Credit: Falkland Elementary School
September 19, 2021 - 9:31 AM

A Canadian astronaut, book author and musician paid a visit to a Falkland elementary school recently while on his way through the community to pick up a new puppy.

“On his way to pick up his new puppy, Henry, from our community of Falkland, Col. (Chris) Hadfield made a pitstop at Falkland School on Friday, Sept. 17. A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and pilot, Col. Hadfield’s many awards include the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal,” according to a post by Falkland Elementary.

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He shared with students he has been around the earth 2,650 times, saw the sun 16 times in one day, lived in space for half a year and was the first Canadian to leave a spacecraft and float freely and walk in space, according to the school.

The two oldest classes heard him speak in person in the gymnasium and families joined in from the comfort of their homes. Younger classes streamed in from their classrooms in order to meet the current COVID-19 health and safety restrictions.

Hadfield also made a brief in-person appearance to our four younger classrooms and sang a song to Grade 1/2 students as he peaked in their class.

“This impromptu performance was initiated by Chris Hadfield himself after noticing the teacher’s guitar hanging on the wall,” according to the school.

The elementary school thanked Hadfield for his visit and the Robinson family for co-ordinating it, considering it a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”


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