Chapter 28 of 29 from Chris Hadfield

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

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

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.

Beautifully well done. Brought many insights into how challenging and courageous it is to be an astronaut.

At 68 I still got enthused by Chris. Its too late for me to do something fantastic but I have still learned how to better use what is left of my life. I can also share this with my grandchildren and it may help them define their goals. We need more people like Chris to help the next generation focus and dream.

He makes the experience of being in space very real. For every/any ‘would be’ astronaut.

It was a well presented topic that consistently kept me engaged, even though I wasn't as familiar with the source material.


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!


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

Mari S.

Mr. Hadfield, It was an extraordinary experience listening to you. Your joy of life and your humble gratitude is inspirational. I so appreciate your capacity to take very complex concepts and articulate them so clearly. Thank you for doing this class.

John E.

This was a great class and a great way to make the wonder of space exploration accessible to everyone. He is an incredible speaker and I had the opportunity to meet him and listen to him do a keynote address in Calgary.

A fellow student

Interesting and inspiring! The pictures of earth, the space station, etc. are beautiful and add to the lessons. Chris has a wonderful command of his craft and of his words. Thanks!

Jim K.


Ramona T.

Such a passion for this subject from a very intelligent and compassionate dreamer!! I think this advice applies to all aspects of life- not only space exploration!!


Life changing. I can't thank Chris enough and everyone who made this class possible. This chapter was the most emotional one actually. I've always taken advantage of every opportunity that's been offered. My daughter has told me that I've lived 100 lives. It wasn't until I took this class, I realized it's not over. There's so much I want to do and the only person stopping me is me. This class made me reflect on all of the people in my lifetime that whether they realized it or not, help to set up these opportunities. There is so much to this class that is more than just a spaceship. However, what I learned about space exploration has triggered my next goal: Space camp. I want to experience these opportunities. I'm not sure there are camps for adults but I'll look into it. I can't thank you enough Chris Hadfield for sharing your gift. Canada must be very proud. As an American, I'm very proud.

Kenneth S.

This just might be the best course I’ve even taken, bar none. 35 years in a Telecom and technical career, and hundreds of courses, I can’t say that anything was ever this incredible, enlightening and useful in so many ways, that I’m in awe of what I’ve just completed and experienced. There is a ton of information to process, a lot of implementable approaches, thought process to re-think, it’s certainly an eye and mind opening experience, but even more so, one of the most inspirational experiences you can engage in. Chris’ style and delivery really bring his messages to life, and illuminate a multitude of possibilities. And you know what? I’m going to do it again, there’s so much to draw from. Chris, I really really really can’t thank you enough! We could use you and your insights and experiences, over here in this large technical company, even if only as a consultant!


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...