Hansen was born January 27, 1976, in London, Ontario, and raised on a farm near Ailsa Craig, Ontario, until moving to Ingersoll for his high school years. Hansen is married and has
In 2013, Hansen served as cavenaut into the ESA CAVES training in Sardinia, alongside Satoshi Furukawa, Michael Barratt, Jack Fisher, Aleksei Ovchinin and Paolo Nespoli.
On June 10, 2014, NASA announced that Hansen would serve as an aquanaut aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory during the NEEMO 19 undersea exploration mission, which began on September 7, 2014, and lasted seven days.
Hansen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in space science (First Class Honours) from Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario (1999). He earned a Master of Science degree in physics from the same institution in 2000, with a research focus on Wide Field of View Satellite Tracking.
Honours and awards
Canadian Forces Decoration – 12 Years of Outstanding Service (October 2006)
Canadian Air Force Pilot Wings (May 2002)
Clancy Scheldrup Memorial Trophy – Outstanding Graduate on the Basic Flying Course (2001)
Air Cadet League of Canada Award – Top Air Force Graduate from the Royal Military College of Canada (May 1999)
Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society
Gold Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society