Chris Hadfield became a household name after he started posting photos of Earth on his social media accounts. This in itself wouldn't be anything special, except one tiny little detail - they were taken from the International Space Station (ISS) where Chris Hadfield was the commander.
Chris' rise to global fame began when he sang David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' from the International Space Station, which is just one of his many impressive accomplishments. During his career, Chris has intercepted Soviet bombers in North American airspace, lived on the ocean floor, been NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia, and recorded science and music videos seen by hundreds of millions. As the first Canadian in space, he was commemorated on Canadian postage stamps, Royal Canadian Mint coins, and on Canada’s newest five dollar bill(along with fellow astronauts Steve MacLean and Dave Williams). He spent a total of 166 days in space.
Since his retirement in 2013, Chris has been very busy: he's released an album; a book; hosted live shows, and is now turning to education.
Frank Salzgeber leads the Tech Transfer Office at the European Space Agency (ESA), a company that is working to commercialize the organization's ideas. One of his many tasks is finding new areas of use for space technology. Over the years he has contributed to creating 250 new businesses, with 150 different technologies from space.
The theme for Technoport 2017 is 'The Human Factor' and this time, the international conference focuses on the synergy between the man and technology. Technoport's CEO Lars Iversen explains how the idea came about:
'Technology is rarely the goal in itself, but it is a tool. On the upcoming Technoport's conference we want to focus on what causes technology, and space is a very good example for that. Kennedy said he wanted to put a man on the moon, which in return caused that for the next 50 years NASA would make enormous technological breakthroughs. Take solar technology as an example which was developed because we needed to supply probes with energy. Freeze drying made a big step forward because we needed to supply our astronauts with food. LED-technology was also developed for our space needs. Today all these technologies help solve society's biggest problems, and they continue to develop at a tremendous speed'.
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