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Star Canadian spaceman Chris Hadfield retiring

Published on Jun 11, 2013 6:21 AM
 
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield speaks at a news conference in Longueuil, Quebec, Monday, June 10, 2013, where he announced his plans to retire from the Canadian Space Agency. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield announced on Monday his retirement after a five-month mission to space that captivated the world with his Twitter microblog. -- PHOTO : AP

OTTAWA (AFP) - Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield announced on Monday his retirement after a five-month mission to space that captivated the world with his Twitter microblog.

"It has been an incredible adventure," Hadfield, 53, said of his 35 years of service as a Cold War fighter pilot and astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency.

Describing his recent mission to the International Space Station as "a kind of pinnacle of my entire career... since I was a little dreaming kid of nine years old thinking of flying in space," he said it was "time now for me to do something else."

"In about a month I'll be retiring from the Canadian Space Agency and just pursuing private interests," Hadfield told a press conference, "and getting my feet planted on the soil and seeing where the future takes me."

 
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