Chris Hadfield killed time in space speaking to famous Canadians

On his last mission, retired astronaut Chris Hadfield was among the stars in more ways than one. Before launch, the 54-year-old Canadian space hero was able to select celebrities he might like to talk with while in orbit.

In a recent sit-down with Hello! Canada at their home in Toronto, Chris said his wife, Helene, and their three adult children helped him choose celebrities.

“I talked to Helene and our kids about it,” says Chris. “Our thought was to talk to Canadians because I’m one of the few Canadians to work for the space station, and musicians because I’ve had a lifelong musical background.”

As a guitarist, Chris was over-the-moon after speaking with Bryan Adams, Sarah McLachlan and Neil Young. “When I’m talking to somebody like Neil Young, all of the other guys in the crew would just come down and float through to say hi. It was nice to talk to all those Canadians.”

This month Chris is telling his own remarkable story in a memoir titled, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. In a candid chat with the couple, we learned how a five-month stay in space made Chris feel closer to his family and the key to their successful marriage.

See the latest issue of Hello! Canada for the full story.

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