Chris Hadfield, first Canadian astronaut to command the International Space Station (ISS), is among eight astronaut storytellers to share his unique perspective of Earth’s wonder, fragility and beauty in National Geographic’s new series ONE STRANGE ROCK. In the 10-part series, executive produced by Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures and Jane Root’s Nutopia, Hadfield, having seen Earth from beyond, uniquely reflects on his experiences in space and helps weave the extraordinary story of Earth through his insights.
Throughout Hadfield’s 21 years as an astronaut, three spaceflights, 4,000 hours in space and 2,600 orbits of Earth, he has pioneered many historic firsts. In addition to being the only Canadian to have commanded a spaceship, he was the sole astronaut from his nation to board the Russian Space Station Mir; the first to operate both the Shuttle and Space Station ‘Canadarm’ robots; and the first Canadian spacewalker.
Hadfield’s five months on the ISS garnered public attention for his engaging Tweets and photos of Earth, and he has become a YouTube sensation with more than 38 million views of his rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity—the first-ever music video performed in space.
Back on Earth, Hadfield was NASA's chief CAPCOM (capsule communicator with the Space Shuttle) for 25 missions. His other responsibilities have included chief of ISS operations, chief of robotics for the NASA Astronaut Office, director of operations for NASA at Russia's Cosmonaut Training Centre and chief astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency.
Hadfield is author of the New York Times bestselling books An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, You Are Here – Around the World in 92 Minutes as well as the children’s book The Darkest Dark.