Centre dedicates new "To Be an Astronaut" exhibit featuring artifacts from the Canadian astronaut to former CEO Lesley Lewis
"As a child, I had the chance to come to the Ontario Science Centre and see the reality of science displayed interactively," said Hadfield. "Instead of just being some dry, theoretical, two-dimensional explanation of something, it was real. It allowed my imagination to run free and to see how things really worked. I count myself so lucky that just when I was starting to become aware of the world, I got a chance to come to the Science Centre and see how the world really fit together."
"To Be an Astronaut," a 60" H x 80" L x 40" D display case located at the entrance to the Science Centre's Space Hall, includes a number of Hadfield's personal effects:
- USAF/USN test pilot flight suit, 1987-1992
- NASA Astronaut pilot helmet, 1992-2013
- USAF/USN test pilot helmet with oxygen mask, 1988-1992
- NASA flight gloves
- Royal Canadian Air Force uniform tunic, with Colonel rank
- Winter flight jacket
- NASA flight suit, November 1995
- NASA flight suit, April 2001
"The world knows about Colonel Hadfield's accomplishments, but we wanted to go behind the scenes and share his career trajectory – the how behind his becoming commander of the International Space Station," said Dr. Mary Jane Conboy, Director of Science Content and Design. "Only a small number of fighter pilots become test pilots, and a very small percentage of test pilots become astronauts, and an even smaller number of astronauts become Commander of the International Space Station."
The Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more than 49 million visitors since it opened in 1969, implementing an interactive approach adopted by science centres around the world. Today, the Science Centre is a leader in free-choice science learning and a key player in Ontario's innovation ecosystem, offering lifelong learning through hands-on, engaging experiences. It is a prime venue for public dialogue about science, technology and society. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontariofunded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. As a publicly assisted organization, the Science Centre relies on generous individuals, corporations and foundations who share a commitment to science and education for additional operating support. For more information about the Ontario Science Centre, please visit www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca.