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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield

Neil Armstrong died on Saturday. He was a test pilot, astronaut, explorer, professor and inspiration to millions. The decisions he made and the life he lived were a model for me and countless others. His first steps on the moon, and all they represented, directly inspired me to become an astronaut.

Here are some things I learned from him:

  • Some things are worth taking a risk for;
  • You can be who you set out to be;
  • Excellence is a personal choice;
  • One person and one small step can be much more than just that;
  • You can be both famous and honourable;
  • People working together can accomplish the impossible.
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