An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

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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.

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17 thoughts on “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

  1. I need to find that book! I get so interested in the personal stories of the astronauts. Commander Hadfield has a Twitter acct. and he even tweeted from space, which was so amazing to read, plus pictures from space. Thanks for reviewing the book!

      1. Thanks, Emma! I believe I’ve seen the movie, but haven’t read the book “The Right Stuff”. Another good biography is called “I Touch the Future” by Robert T. Hohler …about Christa McAuliffe, who was the teacher going into space, when the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occured.

  2. I loved this book. And would recommend it to anyone that loves a blend of science, life, wonder, teamwork, family and living. I sneak read Hadfield’s book because bk. was a gift to my partner. So I had to take care not to crease the pages much.

    Seriously, I would like to read this bk. again in a few months. It’s that inspiring.

  3. I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, but I have to admit…I love that he’s Canadian 😉

  4. I loaded this one into my e-reader a few weeks ago. I’ll probably get to it this month. He’s considered a true modern-day hero here in Canada.

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