Retiring astronaut Hadfield calls ‘Space Odyssey’ most realistic sci-fi

Hadfield: The International Space Station blurs science fiction and science fact.

(Credit: Tim Hornyak/CNET)

MONTREAL — Guitar-strumming astronaut Chris Hadfield is hanging up his spacesuit and quitting the astronaut biz, with plans to pursue “private interests.” Does that mean a Leonard Nimoy-style album?

Heralded as the most popular spaceman since Neil Armstrong, the social-media phenom announced his retirement Monday at Canadian Space Agency headquarters outside Montreal, his first Canadian appearance since returning to Earth in May after five months on the ISS.

“I’ve decided to retire from government service after 35 years of serving our country,” Hadfield, 53, told a press conference, adding that he’s making good on a promise he made to his wife 30 years ago.

Beyond speaking engagements, Hadfield wouldn’t elaborate on his plans, saying he’s going to move back to Canada. He did, however, say he plans to continue taking photographs. Speaking before a model of the ISS, he said he took tens of thousands of photos from the stati… [Read more]

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