Chapter 29 of 29 from Chris Hadfield

Bonus Chapter: Chris's Journey


Chris tells his personal story of becoming an astronaut and gives advice for achieving your goals—no matter where life takes you.

Topics include: Chris's Journey

Chris tells his personal story of becoming an astronaut and gives advice for achieving your goals—no matter where life takes you.

Topics include: Chris's Journey

Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield Teaches Space Exploration

In 28+ lessons, the former commander of the International Space Station teaches you the science of space exploration and what the future holds.

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Explore the unknown

Impossible things happen. At age nine, Chris Hadfield knew he wanted to go to space. He eventually went there three times, becoming a commander of the International Space Station. In his MasterClass, Chris teaches you what it takes to explore space and what the future holds for humans in the final frontier. Learn about the science of space travel, life as an astronaut, and how flying in space will forever change the way you think about living on Earth.

Learn about the past, present, and future of space exploration with astronaut Chris Hadfield.

Download the workbook for lesson recaps, assignments, and photocopies of handwritten notes that Chris took to space.

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Chris will also answer select student questions.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

The way Chris talks along the classes, teach not only about space but also about life itself

Chris has helped me understand myself and my goals clearly. I aspire to be like Chris one day; become the commander of a space ship and venture where few have. If I took away a single lesson from this entire class, it would be that YOU can achieve the impossible as long as you hold yourself to a high standard and never underestimate the power of knowledge.

This was the most enjoyable and informative class I have taken. Hadfield is a great lecturer, with great style and I can't believe it's over. I will miss it! Thank you. (I am only interested in space exploration, not a pilot).

Chris has been captivating and so enjoyable to watch. Neither my husband nor I are trying to become Astronauts but we are fascinated by space travel. We both took a good deal away from the class, a good connection and encouragement. Thanks.


A fellow student

This course was extremely interesting, explained in a very interesting and clear to understand to someone who is not a pilot or astronaut but only interested and fascinated with space exploration . Thank you Chris Hadfield for a beautiful teaching!

A fellow student

This is more than just a class. It's a way to the future for me and my family!

A fellow student

The Space Exploration course was not only extremely interesting but was also explained so clearly by Chriss Hadfield that it made it possible even for me (with zero knowledge on the subject) to follow it. Absolutely fascinating. Chris Hadfield has a real unique gift in sharing knowledge with clarity and passion, and if more schools and universities had such teachers, future generations would benefit. French Nicolas Boileau said “Ce que l’on conçoit bien s’énonce clairement, et les mots pour le dire arrivent aisément” (what is conceived well is expressed clearly, and the words to say it come easily) which is Chriss Hatfield’s case. My favourite MasterClass to date. Opens such horizons! Thank you for sharing so much knowledge and life values!

Pedro C.

My journey along Space Exploration, listening Chris Hadfield sharing his experiences, dreams, and learning, have been inspiring and challenging. This inspiration will work as a refueling for making true some of my own dreams!!! Bravo Zulu Chris!!! Bravo Zulu Colleagues!!! Bravo Zulu Myself!!!

Adrian R.

I grew up watching the various phases of space flight since JFK announced the goal of safely sending an American to the moon in 1961. 50+ years later I’m re-engaging with the Space Station, SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin. This was an awesome MasterClass which was delivered by Chris in an exceptionally clear and interesting manner. A great communicator of an occasionally mind-bending subject.

Clifton P.

Since I was a young boy, sitting in the field in front of the house with my dogs, and looking up at the stars, I have dreamed about someday taking part in journeying the unknowns of the universe. I saw this MasterClass in an advertisement on youtube, and I knew that it was something that I had to take part in. To learn knowledge about the journey that is humanity's exploration of space directly from an astronaut was truly inspiring. I have worn many hats throughout my life; and throughout this lesson, to be told that there is no one way to do anything in order to achieve a goal and feel accomplished, was the greatest lesson of all, and pushes me to pursue my dreams that much more. Life may be full of hurdles and challenges that seem like, or actually are in this case, rocket science. Just like rockets, though, we can start on the ground, learning one thing at a time and piecing it all together, until we are finally able to send ourselves to new heights. This MasterClass is that launchpad, and Major Tom, the countdown starts...

Jeannette V.

I have gained a new perspective of us as a race, as one race through the very clear and smart narration that you offer in this course. I have enjoyed it very much and appreciate your work. I have also taken away something that makes this Master Classes very valuable. How Masters of any subject think to become who they are. Thank you

Thomas S.

This masterclass has been an outstanding experience! Not only does Chris share his wealth of experience from space flight, He also shares his wisdom in setting up goals and developing strategies for reaching them! He delivers in a clear and concise manner, with so much passion! It was his passion, so evident in the trailers from his class, that immediately got me hooked! Very well done Commander Hadfield, you're truly a source of inspiration!

Cláudio D.

A very well prepared and given class in living, more than in astronaut matters! Very good done!

Karim E.

I wanted to be an astronaut. Still do. I learned to fly in high school, took all math classes, and went in to Aerospace Engineering. Sadly, things happened that derailed by dreams. I didn't realize when Col. Hadfield started out, it wasn't hard for him to become an astronaut, it was impossible. Maybe I'll make it there one of these days. In the meantime, I write space music. :)


I was originally inspired by science fiction. Reading Asimov and reading Arthur C. Clarke, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and some of the great science fiction authors, they revealed a world that didn't exist yet. They sort of gave me as a young person the permission to imagine something that hadn't happened yet. They gave me the permission to imagine myself as someone that I hadn't yet turned myself into. And I think that's really important growing up, to give yourself room to imagine things that haven't happened yet. But I was also lucky that it wasn't all just fantasy. At the same time that I was reading all of those science fiction books, people for the very first time were starting to fly in space. With Gagarin in 1961, and then-- and then the race to the moon all culminating in the summer of '69. And just about the time that I was becoming aware of the world at nine years old, that's when Apollo 11 happened and this combination of fantasy and reality suddenly came together for this little kid living in Canada. And that's-- that's very much not only where the idea formed, but where I could resolve myself maybe to thinking that I could do that-- it wasn't just a fantasy, but if Neil and Buzz could walk on the moon-- and this had all happened just in my lifetime, then maybe I could do something like that as well. The combination of fantasy and reality gave me permission to start changing who I was. When I decided to turn myself into an astronaut, it wasn't hard, it was impossible, by definition. There were no Canadian astronauts, there was no Canadian Space Agency. There was no way from where I was to what I was dreaming of doing. But I looked at the fact that it used to be impossible to fly in space at all, and it sure was impossible to walk on the moon, and yet those things had happened. So even though it was currently impossible, what I learned from Apollo 11 was that things change, and that impossible things happen. That's a really important lesson to learn no matter what stage of life you're at, but especially at nine or 10 years old, impossible things happen. And I don't just mean like, you know, lottery tickets and lightning strikes, but I just reminded myself, well, when I was born, no one had ever flown in space, this is still a new thing. And when Neil Armstrong was born, the word astronaut didn't even exist. So things change. So let's be patient, and let's just start working on who I am. The choices that I made to become an astronaut were to go to university to study mechanical engineering, and then plan to go on to do a master's degree. Take every opportunity that ever comes. If there's a chance to ever get someone else to pay for your education, take them up on it. If someone is willing to teach you something, especially for free, get them to. Information and knowledge is just freedom to choose things. The more you know, the more free you are to make an informed choice in your life. So never miss an opportunity ...