Astro HAL Campaign: Wearing a space suit everyday, reaching out to the community.

Community outreach is a huge part of being an astronaut, because astronauts are inspirational figures who show us the impossible is possible, that it’s not too far out of reach.

Which is why, from March 18 until August 31 (167 days), I wore an astronaut costume to capture one photograph with a new person every day. I volunteered in various organizations, raised funds and wore the suit where appropriate. I wanted to prove to the world that I care enough about humanity that you should care to send me into space in the Axe Apollo Contest. I hope that I earned a bit of your trust, faith, and hopefully sparked a little inspiration along the ride. Enjoy the pics and videos!


A parting quote. May you conquer your own.

A parting quote. May you conquer your own.

Hope I can bring my green friend to space.

Hope I can bring my green friend to space.

My cousin Cody, a much better football player than I’ll ever be.

My cousin Cody, a much better football player than I’ll ever be.

The camera man was being tackled. Man, these kids are relentless!

The camera man was being tackled. Man, these kids are relentless!

After getting tackled on the field,  AstroHAL needed some Timmy’s.

After getting tackled on the field, AstroHAL needed some Timmy’s.

Maybe they’ll have a big enough screen to be seen from space.

Maybe they’ll have a big enough screen to be seen from space.

It’s been a crazy trip.

It’s been a crazy trip.

Entering the final day of the contest. Please take a few seconds and vote if you haven’t already. 

Picture taken by a quadcopter. AR drone.

Entering the final day of the contest. Please take a few seconds and vote if you haven’t already. Picture taken by a quadcopter. AR drone.

Day 166: Only one is the real Astro HAL… which is it?

Day 166: Only one is the real Astro HAL… which is it?

Day 166: Astro HAL and… Astro HAL!!!!

Day 166: Astro HAL and… Astro HAL!!!!

Day 165: Cracking open the lid on the Apocalyptic Four’s Puzzle Box.

Day 165: Cracking open the lid on the Apocalyptic Four’s Puzzle Box.

Day 165: A fun twerking interview on CTV morning live with Jesse Beyer.

Day 165: A fun twerking interview on CTV morning live with Jesse Beyer.

Day 164: Trying to root out the cylons in a Battlestar Galactica game.

Day 164: Trying to root out the cylons in a Battlestar Galactica game.

The lovely staff at the Kamloops public library.

The lovely staff at the Kamloops public library.

Day 163: Help me caption this photo taken at Salutaris!

Day 163: Help me caption this photo taken at Salutaris!

Safely back on Earth… but hopefully not for long!

Safely back on Earth… but hopefully not for long!

Day 162: Honey,  I shrunk the astronaut.

Day 162: Honey, I shrunk the astronaut.

A glimpse under the helmet.

A glimpse under the helmet.

Floating in the clouds.

Floating in the clouds.

A peaceful free fall.

A peaceful free fall.

Day 161: Test flight of the astro suit in a SKYDIVE.

Day 161: Test flight of the astro suit in a SKYDIVE.

Day 160: A great group of people turned out for the pie hijinx. So much fun with a fantastic bbq afterward.

Day 160: A great group of people turned out for the pie hijinx. So much fun with a fantastic bbq afterward.

Day 159: Astro movie night! What do you think I saw?

Day 159: Astro movie night! What do you think I saw?

Day 158: Spreading love and greenery through Eminence Organic.

Day 158: Spreading love and greenery through Eminence Organic.

Day 158: Meeting Monica outside the Vancouver Public Library.

Day 158: Meeting Monica outside the Vancouver Public Library.

Day 158: The Dub supporting MS research!

Day 158: The Dub supporting MS research!

Day 158: Crossed paths with unexpected friends Chris and Richard,  and had a relaxing break on Robson.

Day 158: Crossed paths with unexpected friends Chris and Richard, and had a relaxing break on Robson.

Day 157: Astro boot repair by a fantastic team!

Day 157: Astro boot repair by a fantastic team!

Day 157: On the stairway, heaven

Day 157: On the stairway, heaven

Day 156: Welcoming new future astronauts.

Day 156: Welcoming new future astronauts.

Day 155: Climbing the stairs to the shuttle.

Day 155: Climbing the stairs to the shuttle.

Day 154: Astro HAL surrounded by supporters.

Day 154: Astro HAL surrounded by supporters.

Day 153: Astro HAL goes boating.

Day 153: Astro HAL goes boating.

Day 152: Getting the building inspectors to approve the shuttle construction.  Whew!

Day 152: Getting the building inspectors to approve the shuttle construction. Whew!

Day 152: An incredibly warm welcome in Kamloops at the TNRD!

Day 152: An incredibly warm welcome in Kamloops at the TNRD!

Day 151: What better place for Astro Hal than alongside great science fiction?

Day 151: What better place for Astro Hal than alongside great science fiction?

Day 150: Enough time to be passed into Chinese legend?

Day 150: Enough time to be passed into Chinese legend?

Day 149: An avid supporter surpised  to find an astronaut in line with her.

Day 149: An avid supporter surpised to find an astronaut in line with her.

Day 148: I called upon Gary in Calgary.

Day 148: I called upon Gary in Calgary.

Day 148: Astro HAL and Holly!

Day 148: Astro HAL and Holly!

Day 147: Sharing space scope with Mike Cassutt.

Day 147: Sharing space scope with Mike Cassutt.

Day 147: Looking forward to reading the Chip on Aviva Bel’Harold’s shoulder, despite alienating her.

Day 147: Looking forward to reading the Chip on Aviva Bel’Harold’s shoulder, despite alienating her.

Day 147: Kirstin Morrell, a beacon of light at When Words Collide.

Day 147: Kirstin Morrell, a beacon of light at When Words Collide.

Day 146: My friend,  mentor and editor Lynda Williams, creator of the wonderful Okal Rel Universe.

Day 146: My friend, mentor and editor Lynda Williams, creator of the wonderful Okal Rel Universe.

Day 146: A trip to the dark side with Brian Hades of Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.

Day 146: A trip to the dark side with Brian Hades of Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.

Day 145: High enough for a safety vest.

Day 145: High enough for a safety vest.

Day 144: Transformed into an Eskimos fan.

Day 144: Transformed into an Eskimos fan.

Day 143: I don’t know how many times I watched this growing up.

Day 143: I don’t know how many times I watched this growing up.

Day 142: Astro hobo.

Day 142: Astro hobo.

Day 141: Astro HAL takes a trip to ancient Egypt!

Day 141: Astro HAL takes a trip to ancient Egypt!

Day 140: Astro HAL reaches out to the hamster community.

Day 140: Astro HAL reaches out to the hamster community.

Day 140: A smashing success at The Great Bus Hijinx with a great crew!

Day 140: A smashing success at The Great Bus Hijinx with a great crew!

Day 139: The creative master behind the balloon magic,  Glen LaValley

Day 139: The creative master behind the balloon magic, Glen LaValley

Day 139: Kinship between species and Edmontonians.

Day 139: Kinship between species and Edmontonians.

Day 139: The Alien is back and better than ever in a sweet ride thanks to the genius of Glen LaValley!

Day 139: The Alien is back and better than ever in a sweet ride thanks to the genius of Glen LaValley!

Day 138: I hope I’ve inspired some little minds along the way.

Day 138: I hope I’ve inspired some little minds along the way.

Day 137: Astro HAL vs. Predator: who will win?

Day 137: Astro HAL vs. Predator: who will win?

Day 136: Check out Astro HAL’s ad in the new issue of On Spec coming out this month!

Day 136: Check out Astro HAL’s ad in the new issue of On Spec coming out this month!

Day 135: A parody of the adorable upcoming movie,  Robot & Frank.

Day 135: A parody of the adorable upcoming movie, Robot & Frank.

Day 134: Summer reading.

Day 134: Summer reading.