Star Canadian spaceman Chris Hadfield retiring
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."