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Chris Hadfield joins Celestial as technical advisor

Celestial Acquisition Corp. Press Release | February 8, 2024

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Hadfield’s distinguished career as an astronaut, business leader and hi-tech entrepreneur spans decades, initially as a combat fighter pilot and test pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. CF-18 Demo Team Photo

Celestial Acquisition Corp., the first space technology focused capital pool company to list on the TSX Venture Exchange, is thrilled to announce the appointment of distinguished astronaut, engineer and space business entrepreneur Col Chris Hadfield as technical advisor to Celestial.

“Chris’ vast experience and relentless pursuit of excellence in space and aeronautics, together with his unique ability to forge ties in industry, will be invaluable to the Celestial team as we pursue our mandate to bring the highest calibre opportunities in the growing New Space economy to the Canadian capital markets, while supporting the expansion of the Canadian space ecosystem. We are tremendously pleased that Chris has decided to join our team and are thrilled to be working with him,” said Jared Bottoms, chief executive officer of Celestial, and director of advanced programs and strategy at Kepler Communications.

“It is a pivotal time in the space industry, with radically decreasing launch costs and multi-layered space business opportunities. I’m very pleased to be working with Celestial to help new space companies grow and succeed in Canada,” said Hadfield.

Hadfield’s distinguished career as an astronaut, business leader and hi-tech entrepreneur spans decades, initially as a combat fighter pilot and test pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy, and later as director of operations for NASA in Russia.

He flew three space missions, built two space stations, performed two spacewalks, crewed the Shuttle and Soyuz, and commanded the International Space Station.

Hadfield is also author of five internationally best-selling books, serves as a director and advisor to multiple tech companies including SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, is board chair of the Open Lunar Foundation, and is advising King Charles III in the establishment of the Astra Carta, a space sustainability framework.

This press release was prepared and distributed by Celestial Acquisition Corp.

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