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Chris Hadfield's tips for kids aspiring to be astronauts


The Canadian Press
March 15, 2013 — How to become an astronaut in three easy steps, courtesy of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. The ISS commander held a Q-and-A session with a group of school children at an event moderated by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.


Hadfield is scheduled to end his five-month mission aboard the ISS in mid-May
Hadfield is scheduled to end his five-month mission aboard the ISS in mid-May

Astronaut Chris Hadfield mesmerized a group of school children Friday as he held a question-and-answer session from space, moderated by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen.

Sitting on a sofa at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, Harper congratulated Hadfield on taking command of the International Space Station. Hadfield said he's incredibly proud to have the opportunity and says he's amazed at what a huge, rich country Canada is.

He told the children the last place he sees as he zips across the country is the rugged rock of Newfoundland and Labrador and Cape Breton, N.S.

The kids asked the Sarnia, Ontario native an array of questions -- from what it's like to live in zero gravity to what happens if you get sick in space.

On Wednesday, Hadfield took control of the International Space Station the first Canadian to do so.

He is scheduled to end his five-month space mission in mid-May.

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