First Canadian in space lands in Dubai


Colonel Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space, yesterday spoke at the ongoing Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai.

His session was titled ‘An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth’ and was well-attended. Col. Hadfield has also written a book by the same name.

“Self-awareness: Dubai & the UAE from space, and onwards to infinity,” Col Hadfield tweeted from his official Twitter handle just before he was to speak at the festival.

He’s logged nearly 4,000 hours in space, during which he broke into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in space.

He maintains that the secret to his success – and survival – is an unconventional philosophy he learned at Nasa: prepare for the worst – and enjoy every moment of it.

The 2016 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is being held from March 1-12, 2016, at the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City.