An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield takes readers deep into Hadfield’s years of training and space exploration. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’. The secret to Chris Hadfield’s success – and survival – is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst – and enjoy every moment of it.
It was fascinating to read about the details of living in space. Hadfield manages to answer every conceivable question you might have about life aboard the ISS. He even gives you some insight into what astronauts do when they are not flying around the earth at 7 kilometers a second. As it turns out they spend most of their time studying.
Tracing his ascent from dreamer, to fighter pilot, to commander of the International Space Station, Hadfield shares his story and friendly advice about life on this planet of ours. But the thing that really makes this book a worthwhile read is the hundreds of behind-the-scenes vignettes about life and training in zero-gravity.