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Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PEOPLEINPICTURES - Signed copies of Mr Had­field’s pho­to­graphic odyssey – and of his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy: ‘An Astro­naut’s Guide to Life on Earth’ – are still avail­able from both book­shops.

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.

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