Hadfield reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1992. His technical assignments
have included technical and safety issues for the Astronaut Office Operations Development
Branch, Shuttle glass cockpit development, and launch support at Kennedy Space Center,
Florida. In November 1995 Hadfield served as a mission specialist on STS-74, NASA's second
Space Shuttle mission to rendezvous and dock with the Russian Space Station Mir. During
the 8-day flight the crew aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis successfully attached a permanent
docking module to Mir and transferred over 2,000 pounds of food, water and scientific
supplies for use by the cosmonauts. Hadfield flew as the first Canadian mission
specialist, the first Canadian to operate the Canadarm in orbit, and the only Canadian to ever visit
Mir. The STS-74 mission was accomplished in 129 orbits of the Earth, traveling 3.4 million
miles in 196 hours, 30 minutes, 44 seconds.
Hadfield currently works as NASA's Chief
CAPCOM, the voice of mission control to Shuttles in orbit, and is the Chief Astronaut for
the Canadian Space Agency.
In 1999 Hadfield will fly on STS-100, International Space Station assembly Flight 6A.
The primary purpose of the flight is to deliver and install the new Canadian Robot Arm
(Space Station Remote Manipulator System), as well as an Italian-made resupply
Module. During the flight three spacewalks are planned, which will make
Hadfield the first Canadian to ever leave a spacecraft, and float free in space.