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Syria has been steeped in conflict for the past 21 months, with the violence claiming the lives of more than 60,000 people, according to the United Nations.
Hadfield rocketed into space in December to become the first Canadian to command the International Space Station, which orbits the Earth from a distance of 350 kilometers (217 miles), circling the planet every 90 minutes at a speed of 28,000 kilometers per hour.
"If people, I think, could see the perspective more clearly... (they would glean) that understanding of the fact that we're all in this together," he said Thursday. "Yes, there's important territorial issues and important personal issues but at the same time with increased communication and with increased understanding comes a more global perspective," he added.
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During the news conference, his first from space, Hadfield answered a range of questions from reporters back home on on Earth, including about the end of the National Hockey League lockout, experiments being conducted on the space station and the view from his vantage point.