Astro HAL Campaign: Wearing a space suit everyday, reaching out to the community.: Page 2

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!


Day 133: Astro hero Chris Hadfield.

Day 133: Astro hero Chris Hadfield.

Day 132: A legacy carved in stone.

Day 132: A legacy carved in stone.

Day 131: Together they can save us.

Day 131: Together they can save us.

Day 130: Robert Heinlein, one of the reasons I love space so much.

Day 130: Robert Heinlein, one of the reasons I love space so much.

Day 129: Astro HAL and … Hal.

Day 129: Astro HAL and … Hal.

Day 128: Bowie’s with Astro HAL.

Day 128: Bowie’s with Astro HAL.

Day 127: Introspection.

Day 127: Introspection.

Day 126: Preparing Astro S’mores!

Day 126: Preparing Astro S’mores!

Day 126: A family day at the beach.

Day 126: A family day at the beach.

Day 125: A great time walking with the Sturgeon Victim Services at the Gibbons parade!

Day 125: A great time walking with the Sturgeon Victim Services at the Gibbons parade!

Day 124: To fight monsters we need an Astro-Hero.

Day 124: To fight monsters we need an Astro-Hero.

Day 123: Hanging with the Edmonton Writers Group!

Day 123: Hanging with the Edmonton Writers Group!

Day 122: Breakfast of Astro-Champions!

Day 122: Breakfast of Astro-Champions!

Day 121: Astro HAL takes a trip to the moon.

Day 121: Astro HAL takes a trip to the moon.

Day 120: How much do YOU think Astro HAL weighs on the moon?

Day 120: How much do YOU think Astro HAL weighs on the moon?

Day 119: Offering a last breath of air prior to plastination

Day 119: Offering a last breath of air prior to plastination

Day 118: Suffering the stinky space suit.

Day 118: Suffering the stinky space suit.

Day 117: The life of an astro-celebrity.

Day 117: The life of an astro-celebrity.

Day 116: For fans of Canada’s Space Channel.

Day 116: For fans of Canada’s Space Channel.

Day 115: Astro HAL takes a trek into darkness.

Day 115: Astro HAL takes a trek into darkness.

Day 114: Astro HAL will LEGO but won’t let go.

Day 114: Astro HAL will LEGO but won’t let go.

Day 113: Astro HAL and … Sparky the … Sawfish?

Day 113: Astro HAL and … Sparky the … Sawfish?

Day 112: Zapped by support from the Ziolas and friends!

Day 112: Zapped by support from the Ziolas and friends!

Day 111: Astro crates and barrels!

Day 111: Astro crates and barrels!

Day 110: Alone no more.

Day 110: Alone no more.

Day 109: I haven’t seen you in ages!

Day 109: I haven’t seen you in ages!

Day 108: Nothing beats an astronaut riding a unicorn.

Day 108: Nothing beats an astronaut riding a unicorn.

Day 107: Helping kids get ready for blast-off during a space puppet show at the Capilano library!

Day 107: Helping kids get ready for blast-off during a space puppet show at the Capilano library!

Day 106: Proudly celebrating Canada Day with Edmonton!

Day 106: Proudly celebrating Canada Day with Edmonton!

Day 105: Astro HAL won’t let go. Gravity: coming soon to a theatre near you!

Day 105: Astro HAL won’t let go. Gravity: coming soon to a theatre near you!

Day 104: Vote for AstroHAL. A message from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Day 104: Vote for AstroHAL. A message from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Day 103: It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood.

Day 103: It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood.

Day 102: Tara and Nick on Whyte Ave

Day 102: Tara and Nick on Whyte Ave

Day 101: Happy Birthday Victoria!

Day 101: Happy Birthday Victoria!

Day 100: Utterly exhausted. Don’t forget to eat your vegetables.

Day 100: Utterly exhausted. Don’t forget to eat your vegetables.

100 Days in a Space Suit

100 Days in a Space Suit

Day 99: Indy helping me in the indy-103km race to space!

Day 99: Indy helping me in the indy-103km race to space!

Day 98: Astro HAL and… oh my…

Day 98: Astro HAL and… oh my…

Day 97: Yan-Yan said yes to astro breakfast.

Day 97: Yan-Yan said yes to astro breakfast.

Day 96: Hannah Hannah Hannah!

Day 96: Hannah Hannah Hannah!

Day 95: Kickin’ with Kristen!

Day 95: Kickin’ with Kristen!

Day 95: Gazing into the crystal ball of Howard’s infinite mind.

Day 95: Gazing into the crystal ball of Howard’s infinite mind.

Day 94: Sad with Neil after some jerk cut me off in asteroid field, spat up debris and smashed my helmet!

Day 94: Sad with Neil after some jerk cut me off in asteroid field, spat up debris and smashed my helmet!

Day 93: Astro-burger: the newest member of the A&W family?

Day 93: Astro-burger: the newest member of the A&W family?

Day 92: The valet gentlemen at the Calgary Westin.

Day 92: The valet gentlemen at the Calgary Westin.

Day 92: Enjoying Calgary’s parks

Day 92: Enjoying Calgary’s parks

Day 91: Parting to maybe or maybe not go to the moon with Christelle

Day 91: Parting to maybe or maybe not go to the moon with Christelle

Day 90: Astro-HAL and the beautiful bride, Jummey, at her wedding reception.

Day 90: Astro-HAL and the beautiful bride, Jummey, at her wedding reception.

Day 89: Reunited with Astro-Amy!

Day 89: Reunited with Astro-Amy!

Day 88: Yes, I’m for real.

Day 88: Yes, I’m for real.

Day 87: Astro-HAL and his novel baby “Connecting Will”: just about ready to show the world!

Day 87: Astro-HAL and his novel baby “Connecting Will”: just about ready to show the world!

Day 86: The Stig brings Astro-identity into question.

Day 86: The Stig brings Astro-identity into question.

Day 85: “If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

Day 85: “If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

Day 84: Taking the guts toward finding a cure for IBD in the Gutsy Walk.

Day 84: Taking the guts toward finding a cure for IBD in the Gutsy Walk.

Nothing beats an astronaut except love and acceptance

Nothing beats an astronaut except love and acceptance

Day 83: Invited aboard the beaver float at the Pride Parade.

Day 83: Invited aboard the beaver float at the Pride Parade.

Day 82: Crashing at the space bar, sad it’s not with the ORIGINAL Joe.

Day 82: Crashing at the space bar, sad it’s not with the ORIGINAL Joe.

Day 82: Protecting the YESS supporters,  military style,  at Homeless for a Night

Day 82: Protecting the YESS supporters, military style, at Homeless for a Night

Day 81: An electrifying encounter with Maura Armstrong at Capilano Mall.

Day 81: An electrifying encounter with Maura Armstrong at Capilano Mall.

Day 80: Dan, a fellow contestant! Best of luck to him.

Day 80: Dan, a fellow contestant! Best of luck to him.