Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield Wins Award for His Outerspace Photography

Chris Hadfield, Canada’s most famous astronaut, has been awarded an honorary Service of Photographic Arts designation by the Professional Photographers of Canada for his photos taken from outerspace.

“I had the incredible honour and privilege of the best tripod that was ever built and that is the International Space Station about 1.2 million feet above the world, with a constantly, endlessly unrolling change of colour and texture and light perpetually underneath me. It was every photographer’s dream,” Hadfield said in a statement.

Check out a gallery of Hadfield’s work here.

Last year Hadfield signed on to become a professor of aviation at the University of Waterloo. A decorated astronaut who rose to global prominence during a tweet-heavy five-month visit to the International Space Station, he is expected to teach starting in the fall of 2014.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our students and researchers to work with, and learn from, one of the greatest Canadians of recent times,” Feridun Hamdullahpur, president of Waterloo, said in a statement last year.

Hadfield was raised in Ontario and first worked at the U of W in 1982 as a researcher. He retired from the Canadian Space Agency and NASA in June.