Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will continue his space-related research down here on Earth.
Hadfield, who rejuvenated Canadian interest in the space program during his time as commander of the International Space Station, has joined the University of Waterloo as a researcher and professor of aviation.
The Sarnia, Ont., native will continue his research into heart health in space alongside professor Richard Hughson. By examining rapid changes in blood pressure, the researchers will attempt to figure out why some astronauts have fainting spells upon returning to Earth. The results could have implications not just for astronauts, but for elderly people who are predisposed to falls.
On top of that, the popular spaceman will teach aviation classes in the fall.
"We are excited that he is willing to share his extensive career knowledge and experience in aviation with our faculty and students," Ian McKenzie, the university's director of aviation, said in a statement Tuesday.