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.
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.