Chris Had­field

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In Oc­to­ber 2013, as­tro­naut Chris Had­field gave a talk – The Sky is Not the Limit – at the Kelowna Com­mu­nity The­atre as part of UBC Okana­gan’s Dis­tin­guished Speaker Se­ries. Stephen McNeil, an as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of chem­istry, was one of those lucky enough to have din­ner with Had­field be­fore the event. “What struck me most about Colonel Had­field was his mod­esty,” says McNeil. “An as­tro­naut in com­mand of the ISS has achieved the pin­na­cle of a ca­reer that only the elite of the elite may ever be­gin and from which the smallest de­fi­ciency is grounds for dis­missal, but to his mind he’s just a farm kid from On­tario who one day de­cided to be an as­tro­naut.”

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