Introducing Chris Hadfield Teaches Space Exploration

We are excited to announce our newest class on Space Exploration from astronaut Chris Hadfield!

Pioneering astronaut Chris Hadfield spent a total of six months in orbit as the commander of the International Space Station (ISS). He has flown three space missions, conducted two spacewalks, and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. He is the first Canadian to command a spaceship and perform a spacewalk. Hadfield was NASA’s chief of ISS operations in Houston, director of operations in Russia, and chief CAPCOM in Mission Control for 25 shuttle missions. He was recently featured among an elite group of eight astronauts in the acclaimed National Geographic documentary series One Strange Rock.

In his MasterClass, Hadfield makes the marvels of space exploration tangible for enthusiasts and anyone who is curious about our universe, dives deep into the science and technology behind space travel, and teaches students about life as an astronaut and how flying in space will forever change the way you think about living on Earth. Students will learn about the human implications of space travel and its effects on an astronaut’s body and mind; the science of atmospheric drag, orbital mechanics, and capsule design; and the future of space travel, including the technical and societal challenges we face in getting to Mars — from ideal flight path and the physics of landing safely, to the risk of human life, and what it will take to survive on another planet. Hadfield teaches his greatest lessons from his most indelible moments in space: what it takes to lead the ISS through a crisis, how to prepare mentally for a spacewalk, and how to navigate using stars and planets.

“Exploration is our history. It’s the legacy that got us to where we are and the reason humans have settled nearly every part of our planet. Space exploration poses incredible challenges that require a large group of people to work together in order to push the edge of possibility. I wanted to do this MasterClass to give a glimpse into something that is barely possible, and to provide an understanding of what exploration of the world means and where it is taking us.” —Chris Hadfield

“Chris is one of the world’s greatest living explorers in every sense of the word. He has the profound ability to make you question what’s out there in the universe in a way that forever changes your perspective on the world. We’re honored to have Chris on our platform, and thrilled to introduce our first class in science with his MasterClass.”—David Rogier, co-founder and CEO of MasterClass

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