Astronaut Chris Hadfield once made news by singing the David Bowie classic “Space Oddity” in the international space station. He is making international news again – and this time, it’s his suit that is making it.
His blue-colored suit with a “Chris Hadfield” badge has found its way in a Toronto thrift store, CBC reports.
Dr. Julielynn Wong, who bought the suit from the store, is ecstatic about it. “I thought, wow, what is a flight suit like that doing up there?”
When she discovered the “Chris Hadfield” badge on the jumpsuit, “My jaw just dropped,” she said.
She got a great deal from the store and bought it for only $40. Probably, nobody noticed the suit belonged to Hadfield; otherwise the price could have gone much higher.
To make the purchase a fitting one, Wong was a student of space medicine, making it a news of space serendipity. To make the scenario more incredible, Wong personally knew Hadfield, ABC News reported.
“I trained with him; we actually had lunch,” she said.
After being contacted, Hadfield seemed to be flabbergasted regarding how the suit reached the Toronto store. He told Wong, it’s “a mystery to me.”
He had “many flight suits over the years,” Wong tells ABC. “It’s possible that it inadvertently got placed in a donations bag when he moved back to Canada after living abroad for 20 years.”
Wong contacted Hadfield on Facebook, where he confirmed the suit’s identity. The ISS commander also confirmed the badge also belonged to him.
Wong’s joy after finding such an suit has been so overriding, she has decided to wear it when giving lectures on space supplies.
“This way, the flight suit is much more inspiring for the next generation of space pioneers and innovators,” she declared.