Chris Hadfield - Biography

Last Modified: Sep 27, 2022

Chris Hadfield
Profession: Astronaut, Engineer, Author
Best Known For: International Space Station commander
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: Under Review

Personal Details

Born on : August 29, 1959 (age 63)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Chris Austin Hadfield
Birth Place: Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Horoscope: Virgo
Father's Name: Roger Hadfield
Mother's Name: Eleanor Hadfield
Siblings: 1

Dave Hadfield (brother)

High School: Milton District High School
University: Royal Military College
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic (English, Scottish)
Nationality: Canadian


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: December 23, 1981
Wife's Name: Helene Hadfield
Children: 3

Kyle Hadfield (daughter)
Evan Hadfield (son)
Kristin Hadfield (son)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.80 meter (5 feet 11 inch)
Weight: 70 kg (154.32 lb)
Hair Color: Black/Grey
Eye Color: Blue
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Chris Hadfield?

Chris Hadfield is a Canadian retired astronaut, engineer, author, and former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot. The first Canadian to walk in space has flown on space shuttle missions and served as commander of the International Space Station. 

Chris Hadfield – Age, Parents, Siblings

Chris Hadfield was born on August 29, 1959, in Southern Ontario, Canada to parents Eleanor Hadfield and Roger Hadfield. His full name is Chris Austin Hadfield and has a sibling- brother Dave Hadfield.

Hadfield was inspired by the Apollo 11 Moon landing on TV. He earned a glider pilot license from the Royal Canadian Air Cadets at age 15. 

Source: Daily Mail (young Chris Hadfield)

Education, Ethnicity

He graduated from Milton District High School in 1977, joined Royal Military College, and earned an engineering degree. Later Hadfield obtained a master's degree in aviation systems at the University of Tennesse Space Institute.

His ethnicity includes Scottish and English.

Chris Hadfield – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

He married his high school sweetheart Helene on Dec. 23, 1981. And together with his wife, he has 3 children - Kyle Hadfield, Evan Hadfield, and Kristin Hadfield.

There are no rumors of divorce surrounding the married pair.

Source: Canadian Military Family Magazine (Chris Hadfield with wife and kids)

Chris Hadfield – Career


In 1992 he was accepted for the Canadian astronaut program by the Canadian Space Agency.  His first journey to space was in STS-74 in November 1995. Later he served as Mission Specialist on STS-100, International Space station (ISS) where he walked in space.  

He also went for Expedition 35 in the Soyuz TMA-07M on ISS and later went for Expedition 34 as a commander where he helped to perform dozens of scientific experiments. He retired after 35 years of service as a military pilot and an astronaut. 

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Source: despertardominicano (Chris Hadfield in astronaut suit)


During Expedition 35, Hadfield recorded a song for an album Jewel in the Night with Larrivée Parlor guitar which was the first song recorded in space and was later released via Youtube on Christmas Eve 2012. 

He sang Is Somebody Singing, Canada Song, and Space Oddity. He has released an album too- Space Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can. Hadfield holds the Guinness world record title for the first music video recorded in space.


Hadfield published his autobiography An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything in 2013. The book went on to become one of the best-selling books in Canada.

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Source: Space Foundation (Chris Hadfield recorded song in space)

Chris Hadfield – Awards, Nominations

Chris Hadfield received numerous awards like the Order of Ontario in 1996, Vanier Award in 2001, NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2002, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and Order of Canada in 2014.

Chris Hadfield – Net Worth, Salary

The net worth and annual salary of Hadfield are under review.

Chris Hadfield – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Chris Hadfield is popular on social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. Forbes described him as the most social media savvy astronaut to leave the Earth.

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