Chris Hadfield and the Depths of Space

He went from watching the moon landing to flying a fighter plane to orbiting the earth. The first Canadian to walk in space, Chris Hadfield is my pick for my first eminent project of TALONS.

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As the grade eight year began to come to an end, I began to regain my love and curiosity of space exploration and what was beyond the oxygen barrier of our world. As a young boy, I had used to pour my heart, soul and imagination into space, deep thinking, celestial bodies and how it all got here. I began to think about massive glowing orbs of gas and rock, hurtling through the vast void known as space. I have always wanted to explore space, and when I heard about Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to do a spacewalk, I knew I wanted to study his journey, life, and how he had gone from watching to floating. I too, share a love of space and exploration with Chris, and at a young age, he watched the moon landing. However, I watched him sing from space to share his experiences, and was inspired to do something similar.

Obviously, becoming an astronaut is extremely difficult, but it was harder for Chris than it will for me, because Canada had no space program at the time. However, Canada has a space program, which makes it much easier for me to achieve my out of this world dream. Learning about the lifestyles, childhoods and progression of Chris Hadfield will help me gather up my motivation, intellect and stepping stones to become an astronaut. Keeping in mind that my dream is very far away, I can do it with persistence.

I have made goals as small stepping stones that may be useful in the future in my IEP, and have found that I unknowingly connected these goals to my end goal in this project. Staying organized is a skill that will help me in any aspect of life, not just Eminent, although it will help greatly. Astronauts must be organized, because misplacing something could cause a huge delay, which is a pain when you have a limited time to complete experiments in space. Time management also ties into staying organized, because schedules must be followed strictly in order to get things done. This will additionally help me enjoy Eminent without having to rush at the end to last minute prepare. I also believe that having a sense of community and doing things to help others while you are on the space station is important, because I believe that being on a spacecraft with not many other people can cause loneliness, so sharing experiences through social media can help. Listening to people on earth responding to you must be a great feeling with the isolation of space, as well as staying connected with others must give a good sense of being.

The lifestyle of an astronaut being so different was something that shocked me, and pulled me into studying Chris Hadfield. My fascination for exploring new frontiers and being one to help lead and contribute to human knowledge is why I want to learn about someone who has done it before me. I hope to learn about the everyday schedules and daily tasks astronauts must carry out, and learn if I may qualify to go up to space as well.

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I do not believe there are many differences between me an Chris Hadfield, so doing this project should be easier for me. We are both male, both from Canada, both inspired at youth, both interested in space and engineering, and both financially stable. One difference, Chris is Caucasian, and I am Asian, but this would not be a big issue because of both being Canadian. The places we grew up are different however, as I grew up in a compact neighborhood and Chris lived in a farmhouse. This may have had an impact on his perspective on space and life. This is the only main difference that may give me some trouble.

I am excited for my first in depth and am brimming with ideas on what to do! I am grateful for the opportunity to do this project, and would like to make it worth it’s value!


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