Hadfield becomes first Canadian in charge of space station

Astronaut Chris Hadfield became the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station yesterday afternoon.

During a transfer of command ceremony at 5:10 p.m., NASA Commander Kevin Ford, in charge since November 2012, handed Hadfield responsibility for the station.

A humbled Hadfield stated it was a huge honour and privilege for him, his co-workers, and the entire country.

He and five other crew members will run the Station and return to Earth in mid-May. The Sarnia, Ont.  native has been conducting experiments since December, while sharing his experiences on social media.

Hadfield’s updates can be found on his Twitter feed.

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The Queen congratulated Hadfield yesterday wishing him and his crew a safe return. Prime Minister Stephen Harper also chimed in, stating that his achievements are a source of national pride.

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