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‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth,’ with Col. Chris Hadfield

Friday, October 12th, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium

  • $35
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Chris Hadfield

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Brandon University welcomes Col. Chris Hadfield to the Brandon University Homecoming weekend on Friday, Oct. 12.

A decorated astronaut, engineer and pilot, Col. Hadfield will launch Brandon University’s 50th anniversary Homecoming celebrations with a public keynote at the WMCA, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $35 and are on sale through the WMCA now.

At the keynote, Hadfield will speak on “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth,” showing you how to “think like an astronaut.” Sharing the useful and practical lessons he’s learned throughout his remarkable career in the fields of leadership, teamwork, collaboration, and science and technology, his vivid and refreshing insights motivate audiences to achieve dreams higher than the clouds, and will change, completely, the way attendees will view life on Earth.

The keynote is part of BU’s expanded Homecoming and 50th anniversary party this fall, to which everyone is invited. The four-day community celebration also includes a Bobcat Basketball reunion and Wall of Fame induction, an awards dinner and gala for BU alumni, a free Family Day of activities on Saturday, and a Saturday evening street concert on 20th Street. For more information on the many activities happening on campus Oct. 11–14, see BrandonU.ca/Homecoming.

About Col. Chris Hadfield

Hadfield soared to success as the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station in 2013 and is the author of three internationally bestselling books.

Hadfield’s many awards include the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He was named the Top Test Pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy, and was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.

In 1992, Col. Hadfield was selected as a NASA Mission Specialist, and three years later he was aboard the Shuttle Atlantis, where he helped build the Mir space station. In 2001, on Shuttle Endeavour, Col. Hadfield performed two spacewalks and in 2013, he became Commander of the International Space Station for six months off planet.

There, he became a worldwide sensation with a video of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” — seen by over 75 million people — that was called “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created”, by Bowie himself. Acclaimed for making outer space accessible to millions, and for infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humanity first walked on the Moon, Col. Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters.

Currently, Col. Hadfield can be seen as the co-creator and host of the internationally acclaimed BBC series Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?, and he is co-hosting, with actor Will Smith, the National Geographic series One Strange Rock, directed by Darren Aronofsky.

Colonel Hadfield is also the producer of the celebrated Rare Earth series on YouTube, and the creator of the on-stage celebration Generator, which combines science, comedy, and music for sold-out audiences.

Additionally, Col. Hadfield is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo.


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Friday, October 12th, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium
205 20th Street
Brandon, MB