From Chris Hadfield's MasterClass

Conclusion: The Future of Exploration

In his parting words, Chris reflects on the cyclical nature of human exploration and Earth’s place in outer space.

Topics include: Explore, Understand, Choose, Settle • Push Yourself to Live a Full Life • Find Your Place in Space

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In his parting words, Chris reflects on the cyclical nature of human exploration and Earth’s place in outer space.

Topics include: Explore, Understand, Choose, Settle • Push Yourself to Live a Full Life • Find Your Place in Space

Chris Hadfield

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Exploration is our history. It's the legacy that got us to where we are, and it's always been that way. We live someplace for a while, and then either the conditions are good enough or desperate enough that some of us leave and go somewhere else and explore. And once we've explored a bunch of places, then we say, you know what? Some of us are going to go from here to that place, because it looked interesting. It looked worth going to. And we start settling somewhere else. And we've been doing that for thousands and thousands of years all around the planet. I think our latest guess is the native peoples of Australia got there like 70,000 years ago. But some parts of the world we've just very recently got to. The very first human beings only got to New Zealand like 750 or 800 years ago. No human had gotten that far. That's not very many generations. The first of us to get to Antarctica-- that was only really one long human lifetime ago, just a little over 100 years ago. And we've only been going to space for just a little over 50 years. The pattern has always been explore, understand, choose, and then maybe go and settle sometime later. And we've been exploring space for most of my lifetime. We've been looking around, seeing. We've even sent probes beyond Pluto now-- right outside our solar system, in fact, with Voyager. But we decided about 30 years ago that the place we should settle first in space is orbiting the world. We should build a permanent habitation as a species-- not just one country, but as a lot of leading nations in the world. Let's colonize space, and we built the International Space Station. And starting in the fall of 2000, we started permanently living off the Earth. We went through that exact same pattern of exploring, thinking, choosing, and then starting to settle in a new place. And we will go from the space station where we're testing equipment right now that keeps us safer eventually to the moon-- the moon, I think, pretty soon. And then from the moon, we'll have learned enough things and tested. And just like all our forebearers did, we can go further. We can go as far as Mars. We have a lot of stuff to learn. We have to invent stuff we haven't even realized we need to invent yet, but I'm not impatient. I'm delighted. We're doing stuff that was impossible when I was a kid that no human had ever done. We have six of us permanently living off the planet right now, and we sort of take that for granted. It's good that we're impatient. It helps drive us to do things we've never done before. I think it's just a continuation of the fact that we are explorers, and our technology is just good enough now that we can be space explorers. I sure can't speak for everybody else. In my particular limited view of the world, you get given one set of capabilities-- this body, this brain, this particular combination of capabilities to do things. And to squander it-- to not do what you're capable of doing, to no...

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.

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

So easy to listen to the stories and wonderfully accessible explanations of some fairly complex ideas. Enjoyed every bit of this class!

What an incredible class. So much more than just space or being an astronaut, Chris shares how to pursue your dreams and become the person you want to

I loved this course. I'm a 61 year old lover of all things 'space' and taking this class has further enriched my knowledge of space travel and exploration... past, present and future. I found Chris to be incredibly engaging and insightful... truly easy to listen to and learn from.

Amateur cosmologist and professional psychologist here. I am very moved by Chris Hadfield's knowledge and heart felt personal journey as an astronaut.

Comments

Ugo A. D.

I loved taking this course, very interesting, you brought me back to my childhood. I dare to dream. Keep going Chris

Rich C.

"Your dreams are waiting for you to come true." (Iikka Keranen, artist and game designer)

Rich C.

Herbie Hancock's class is wonderful. Both Herzog's and Scorsese's classes are terrific. R.L. Stine's class is essential if you're writing stories for kids. But, having said that, Chris Hadfield's class has been my favorite, for all of the good reasons already mentioned by others here. A+.

Tally

I wanna drag out every space movie I've got right now and just have a space-day. I always get inspired by the people in the space program, from the receptionists on up to the "stars" the astronauts. I think these guys are amazing, and the amount of curiosity and the desire to learn just speaks to me. I loved listening and reading along to this class, and will be back for more and more just to keep sharp. Loved it and love the space program.

Terry R.

One of the BEST classes yet! Chris Hadfield teaches space exploration in a down-to-earth manner. He's personable, extremely articulate, and inspirational.

Christian L.

Chris Hadfield, I am an Architect. I design buildings.... Systems in a static state, under the law of gravity on the surface of the earth. I have often pondered designing spaces that don't respect gravity. The challenges and conditions are literally alien. This Masterclass was fantastic, and the things I enjoyed most were your personal and emotional observations of living in this environment. The fact that there are no chairs, beds, floors, or ceilings is in, and of itself the most awesome design challenge i could imagine. I do, however believe that there is a way for Architecture to play a role in future existance in space. Its not about an orbital lab. If we plan to send people to live for an indeterminate amount of time far away. The living environment needs to feel familiar. I am honored to have taken this class. You sir, are a man among men.

Jerry R.

This class has been a great experience. I learned a lot from it and I have a new appreciation for exploring outer space.

Pedro C.

A generous sharing of experiences and knowledge!!! A great inspiration for dreaming!!! A great challenge for life!!! Thank you very much Chris!!!

Heather D.

Inspiring and motivational! You are amazing at breaking down something so complicated, so amazing, so important into words and ideas that everyone can understand and be touched by. Life changing. Thank you Mr. Hadfield!

Antonio

I feel passion about space exploration since I was 9 years old and followed the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo program and later de Shuttle and ISS, today internet gave me the chance to get more deep knowledge about that, and I am always reading books and watching videos about space exploration. Many thanks Chris for sharing your experience with people interested on it