An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality.
Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, 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' in space. 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.
In his book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Chris Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch, the mesmerizing wonder of spacewalks and the measured, calm responses mandated by crises, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement - and happiness.
His own extraordinary education in space has taught him some counterintuitive lessons: don't visualize success, do care what others think, and always sweat the small stuff. You might never be able to build a robot, pilot a spacecraft, make a music video or perform basic surgery in zero gravity like Colonel Hadfield. But his vivid and refreshing insights in this book will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth - especially your own.
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Fantastic story read by the author with passion!
Listening to the details of space life from the author himself.
Details of the re-entry of Chris Hadfield and his crew in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
Not really - it would have taken too long, but I liistened to it twice a day for a week and loved it.
Amazing view on competence, training and life
I always loved Chris Hadfield, even more when he started doing youtube videos on his second trip to the ISS.
Having him to read his own story, with his own inputs was amazing.
He has passion in his voice and can express the feeling of what is happening in the book with vivid detail.
There were plenty of those, how he views competitiveness, challenges and overall training and hard work, were to me at least, groundbreaking.
I never thought about the mindset he has, how he views the world and his job and dreams.
This book really lives up to the title.
I was expecting your run of the mill, shallow tale of daily life of an astronaut, with little to nothing I could or would be able to relate.
I was dead wrong.
This book was amazing and more than just a "Hey it's hard to be an astronaut", the way he views life is to me completely new, a completely different, better, point of view.
I'd buy everyone a copy of this book if I had the money.
- Pedro Vinícius Assunção