Minutes after entry, Hadfield could be heard saying: “I love what you’ve done with the place.”
After being greeted with open arms, Hadfield — along with American astronaut Tom Marshburn and Russian astronaut Roman Romanesko — were able to chat with family members back home on the ground.
Hadfield had a chance to talk with his wife Helene, and the couple’s three children: 29-year-old Kyle and 27-year-old Evan and 26-year-old Kristin.
There was a round of laughter on the space station, when his oldest son Kyle jokingly asked his 53-year-old father for a pony. Hadfield gave what he said was his usual answer: “Ask your mother”.
When the capsule carrying the team first docked around 9:10 a.m. ET Friday morning, a NASA controller called it a “picture-perfect rendezvous.”
Hadfield is now hovering roughly 410 kilometres above the Earth, with the orbiting ISS and capsule situated over Russia, near the Pakistan border. He will spend five months in space, making history during the latter half of his stay when he becomes the first Canadian to command the ISS.
With the new arrivals, there are now six astronauts aboard the International Space Station, where they are scheduled to conduct roughly 130 experiments commissioned by scientists from around the world.
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