Chris Hadfield at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Astronaut Chris Hadfield launches his new picture book, The Darkest Dark, at this unique and inspiring family event. As a child, Chris was keen to become an astronaut, but was uncertain about night time and the dark. Find out how Chris overcame his fears and became Commander of the International Space Station, entertaining and educating us with news, amazing photographs of Earth and his spine-tingling zero-gravity rendition of David Bowie's Space Oddity. With the right start, you really can make your wildest dreams come true.

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    The Times Forum

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  • Event Start Date

    09/10/2016 11:15 AM

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    09/10/2016 12:15 PM

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About Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield is one of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in the world. The top graduate of the U.S. Air Force test pilot school in 1988 and U.S. Navy test pilot of the year in 1991, Colonel Hadfield was selected to be an astronaut in 1992. He was CAPCOM for twenty-five shuttle launches and served as Director of NASA Operations in Star City, Russia from 2001-2003, Chief of Robotics at the Johnson Space Center in Houston from 2003-2006, and Chief of International Space Station Operations from 2006-2008. Hadfield served as Commander of the International Space Station where, while conducting a record-setting number of scientific experiments and overseeing an emergency spacewalk, he gained worldwide acclaim for his breathtaking photographs and educational videos about life in space. His music video, a zero gravity version of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' received over 10 million views in its first three days online. His TED talk has been viewed over four million times and he judged the BBC TV series Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? Chris Hadfield's book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, sees his lessons learnt in space applied to life on Earth. He is also the author of You Are Here, a book of breathtaking photos taken from space, and The Darkest Dark - his first ever children's picture book.