- Megan Bingham
Chris Hadfield wanted to be an astronaut, but he was afraid of the dark. A future astronaut, afraid of the dark?
In The Darkest Dark, Chris Hadfield, a real-life Canadian astronaut, relates his childhood tale about seeking space adventure, but at the same time, being very scared of the dark. Chris wanted to explore the Universe, maybe even land on the Moon. But he couldn't sleep in his own bed at night because there are too many shadows that look like creepy, kid-eating aliens!
However, things changed for Chris in the summer of 1969. On July 20, Chris and his family watched the Apollo 11 landing on the only television in his island hometown. Watching Armstrong walk across the Moon, Chris realized that the "darkest dark" is space—and it is a beautiful darkness, waiting with big, unexplored adventures. Chris decided that his fear of the dark couldn't stand in the way of his dreams.
The Darkest Dark is an inspiring tale written by an astronaut who thought his dream of flying to space would never come true. At the time of the 1960s Moon landing, American and Soviet astronauts were the only ones deployed into space. But Chris, determined to fulfill his childhood dream, wanted to start getting ready, just in case anything changed.
In 1992, almost 23 years after that summer's night in Ontario, Canada, Chris Hadfield was picked by the Canadian Space Agency. In 2001, he was the first Canadian astronaut to walk on the Moon. Most recently, Chris was in space for five months, when he served as the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station (ISS).
Today, Chris travels the world teaching people about space through his beautiful photographs of space and music. And, as he says, even in the "darkest dark," he can still see the lights from the ISS, casting its inspiring shadow across the inquisitive world.
Watch Chris below in his "Space Oddity" video, which he made from space 3 years ago.