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10/09/2014 09:46 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Chris Hadfield Reveals His Hidden Talent--And His Pet Peeve

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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is certainly no stranger to fans of spaceflight.

We've read his tweets from space. We listened as he covered David Bowie's "Space Oddity" while aboard the ISS. We watched as he demonstrated what it's like to cry in zero-gravity.

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But chances are you didn't know many personal details about Canada's first spacewalking astronaut.

Until now.

Here, in response to questions from HuffPost Science, are 16 things to know about Chris Hadfield.

  1. FULL NAME: Chris Austin Hadfield
  2. BIRTHPLACE: Sarnia, Ontario
  3. MOTHER'S OCCUPATION: Homemaker, wife
  4. FATHER'S OCCUPATION: Farmer, pilot, husband
  5. SIBLINGS: Two of each
  6. CHILDHOOD PET: Joe, a yellow Lab
  7. COLLEGE: Royal Military College, University of Waterloo, University of Tennessee
  8. MAJOR/DEGREE: Engineering
  9. FAVORITE SCIENTIST: Da Vinci
  10. HIDDEN TALENT: Double-jointed thumbs
  11. PET PEEVE: Spelling
  12. FAVORITE FOOD: Crème brûlée
  13. FAVORITE MOVIE: Chariots of Fire
  14. FAVORITE BOOK: The Name of the Rose
  15. MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW I... was a downhill ski racer
  16. TIME SPENT IN SPACE: 165 days, 16 hours, 22 minutes, or so
  17. Check out some of Hadfield's stunning photos from space here.

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