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By Shawna Richer
Man seems a species hard-wired to explore, and the final frontier is, indeed, space. Our interest in it has skyrocketed – largely due to Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and his remarkable photographs and communications from the International Space Station. He is NASA's first social-media astronaut. His daily tweets have inspired and astonished those who follow them – now numbering nearly half a million people – as he comments on the beauty and fragility of earth as seen from space. Can he – and the astronauts who came before him – finally persuade humans that we must work together for the better of our planet, and ourselves? In this fascinating eread, Shawna Richer delves into the transformative nature of space travel, and paints an indelible portrait of a modest Canadian hero.

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