Canada launches robot-themed plastic banknote from space

Astronaut Chris Hadfield unveils Canada's new $5 bill aboard the International Space Station.

(Credit: Video screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET)

By far the coolest thing Canada has in space is Chris Hadfield, commander of the International Space Station. He’s all over social and news media with his wacky zero-g demos, guitar playing, and amazing photos of Earth.

Today Hadfield notched another first: unveiling a banknote in space. At a Bank of Canada press conference in Ottawa, the mustachioed colonel appeared via ISS video link. He plucked the bank’s latest polymer bill from a bracket on the wall, gave it a few weightless twirls, and pointed to the robots it features.

“I just want to tell you how proud I am to be able to see Canada’s achievements in space highlighted on our money,” Hadfield told Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney. “To feature Canadarm2 and Dextre for the theme of the $5 note, it really marks Canada’s contribution to the International Space Station Program, and especially our longtime area of expertise in robotics.”

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