Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield says he started working on his trademark growth when he turned 18 while taking a train to Turkey.
"For whatever reason, I decided: 'I'm 18, I'm a man, I'm going to grow a moustache' — and it was pathetic for years— it was awful," he told The Canadian Press.
Hadfield, 54, says he shaved it off only once — when he was at test pilot school.
"In the U.S. air force, if you want to get promoted you can't have a moustache, for whatever reason,'' he said. ''It just looks bad when they're flipping through the pictures. Don't ask me why.
"So, as I was at test pilot school, one of the guys was having his annual photograph taken (and) he had to shave off his moustache, so...in solidarity I shaved it off.
"Nobody was impressed with the way I looked without it — least of all my wife Helene — so that's why I have a moustache."
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