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Astronaut Chris Hadfield thrilled audiences at Life

It was the hottest ticket in town – 800 lucky space fans descended on Newcastle’s Centre for Life today (Sunday 15 November 2015) to hear celebrated astronaut Chris Hadfield talk of his experiences in space and explore in detail some of the images featured in his international bestseller ‘YOU ARE HERE: Around the World in 92 Minutes’ a visually stunning photographic tour of Earth as seen from space.

The Canadian, one of the world’s most seasoned and accomplished astronauts, was at Life to deliver two sell-out talks and sign copies of his book which is now out in paperback. During his visit, Commander Hadfield was shown Life’s new planetarium which is the most advanced facility of its kind in the north of England.

He said: “Life’s planetarium is amazing. Being able to see the wonder of our universe up-close like this will hopefully go a long way in helping to inspire the next generation of astronauts!”

CHRIS HADFIELD is the author of the Number 1 international bestseller, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. The top graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School in 1988 and U.S. Navy test pilot of the year in 1991, Hadfield was selected by the Canadian Space Agency to be an astronaut in 1992.

Most recently, he served as Commander of the International Space Station where, while conducting a record-setting number of scientific experiments and overseeing an emergency spacewalk, he gained worldwide acclaim for his breath-taking photographs and educational videos about life in space. His music video, a zero-gravity version of David Bowie's “Space Oddity,” received over 10 million views in its first three days online and his TED talk drew more than one million views in under a month.

Tickets to his two talks at the Centre for Life sold out faster than any other event in its history. The astronaut took questions from an audience that hung on his every word including 8 year old xx from xx who asked: “

Linda Conlon, Chief Executive at Life, said: “Watching the first moon landings is what inspired Chris Hadfield to become an astronaut and have the astounding career he has had. I hope that one day we are cited as the place where a future astronaut found their inspiration. Listening to Commander Hadfield’s stories and watching the enraptured crowd today, I am sure this is more than possible!”

More about YOU ARE HERE:

In YOU ARE HERE, Hadfield gives us the really big picture: this is our home planet as seen from space. The millions of us who followed Hadfield's news-making Twitter feed from the International Space Station thought we knew what we were looking at when we first saw his photos. But we may have caught the beauty and missed the full meaning. Now, through his photographs, Hadfield unveils a fresh and insightful look at our planet. He sees astonishing detail and importance in these images, not just because he's spent months in space but because his in-depth knowledge of geology, geography and meteorology allows him to reveal the mysteries in these images.

Featuring Commander Hadfield's favourite photograph, YOU ARE HERE is divided by continent and represents one (idealized) orbit of the ISS. This planetary photo tour – surprising, playful, thought-provoking and visually delightful – is punctuated with fun and fascinating commentary on life in zero gravity too. It opens a singular window on our planet, using remarkable photographs to illuminate the history and consequences of human settlement, the magnificence of never-before-noticed landscapes, and the power of the natural forces shaping our world and the future of our species.

You Are Here is published by Pan on 22nd October, priced £14.99 • ISBN: 9781447278627

For more information and all media enquiries regarding the book, please contact Sarah Patel at Pan Macmillan on

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