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Astronaut Chris Hadfield visits SNOLAB, takes in Wolves game

‘Guess you could say there's a STAR in the building tonight,’ said the Sudbury Wolves on social media
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was in Sudbury Dec. 1 to visit SNOLAB, and he posted this selfie to his social media. Hadfield also took in the Sudbury Wolves game on Friday.

Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield created a buzz during a visit to Sudbury Thursday and Friday.

He was in town as part of a group of six friends who are alumni of the Young Professionals Organization (YPO).

The friends spent time at NORCAT and SNOLAB, and Mayor Paul Lefebvre took them to the Sudbury Wolves game on Friday night, a spokesperson for SNOLAB confirmed.

“Thank you so much Cmdr Chris Hadfield and friends in the YPO Forum for joining us for a memorable day underground,” said a post on Facebook from SNOLAB. “Great company and great questions. You will always be welcome back!”

As well as touring the facility, Hadfield signed books and posed for selfies during his visit to SNOLAB, the facility spokesperson said.

The Sudbury Wolves also shared a photo on their Facebook page taken by Sudbury radio station Pure Country, which showed Hadfield appearing on the big screen during the Dec. 1 game.

“Guess you could say there's a STAR in the building tonight,” said the Wolves’ Facebook page.

Hadfield isn’t the only retired Canadian astronaut to visit Sudbury recently.

Sault Ste. Marie native Roberta Bondar was at Science North in November to open her photography exhibit,  “Patterns & Parallels: The Great Imperative,” which can be viewed free of charge in the science centre’s lobby during business hours until Jan. 7.


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