ASTRONAUT and test pilot Chris Hadfield, who mesmerised an audience of 600 people with tales of what life was like in space, knew from the age of nine what he wanted to do,
During a presentation on Sunday entitled simply ‘An Evening with Chris Hadfield’ organised by the owners of the Gerrards Cross and Chorleywood bookshops, the Canadian Air Force Colonel presented a selection of the photographs he took while serving aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for five months and answered questions from the audience about the highs and lows of living in space.
The photos are published in a book called ‘You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes.’
He admitted that as a young lad, he watched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the surface of the moon and from that point onwards everything he did was directed to achieving just one goal - becoming an astronaut.
After completing two university degree courses, he joined the Royal Air Force, became a test pilot and eventually was chosen for the space programme. He piloted two space shuttle missions before his stint aboard the ISS.
Sheryl Shurville, who runs the two bookshops, said: “This is the fourth such evening we’ve organised here and they have all been very well supported.
“Chris Hadfield is a great speaker and he certainly kept the audience captivated.”
Mr Hadfield ended the evening by singing his version of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ which he specially adapted for his time aboard the ISS.