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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me about Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything Hardcover – Oct 29 2013

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (Oct. 29 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316253014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316253017
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 245 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything


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There is a reason that Chris Hadfield has become one of the most popular astronauts in the world (and certainly the most followed on Twitter). Commander Hadfield, not unlike most astronauts, is whip-smart, incredibly hard-working, and passionate about his work. One might consider him to be among one of the few dozen most accomplished people on (or around) Earth. Though Hadfield credits his son Evan for his popularity, there is no question that the real reason is because he is a great communicator.

His book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, is a rare glimpse into the life and mind of an astronaut. There is of course the expected discourse on motivations and childhood, the trials and tribulations of becoming an astronaut, and the fascinating tidbits of life in space. The greatest strength of this book, however, is that it fills you up with passion, excitement, and wonder - feelings that Commander Hadfield certainly know well.

An unmistakeable and infectious sense of awe exudes from every sentence of this book. It is the same feeling of awe that millions have felt from watching Commander Hadfield's brilliant YouTube videos or admiring the many photographs he took from low Earth orbit. Reading his words, you get the sense that Commander Hadfield is the kind of person who never ceases to be amazed by the world we inhabit, and wants nothing more than to share his experiences with the rest of humanity.

The book is full of life lessons and advice. Although not all of it will be applicable to those of us not likely to go to space, his wisdom nonetheless deserves respect, hard-earned as it was by a series of experiences and accomplishments that most will only ever dream of.
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By A. Volk #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 30 2013
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Chris Hadfield is not Canada's only astronaut, but he's almost indisputably the most famous one. This book is the story of his life leading up to being an astronaut, and its filled with both anecdotes and lessons.

For me, the anecdotes and stories are what's most interesting. Have you ever thought about flying in space? If so, this book is for you. There's a ton of information on what it's actually like to fly in and out of space, as well as living life in space. It really is an alien environment, but it's one that has almost become commonplace enough for people to dismiss as now being safe and easy to do. It's not safe, and it's definitely not easy living in space. But he does convey the majesty of being in space. In particular, how it doesn't seem that grand until you open your eyes and see the glorious view of the Earth in front of you and then the blackness of space all around you. Vision is the sense that most appreciate space.

His life story and lessons are also interesting, even if they don't (for me) match up to the grandeur of space flight. One of Chris' biggest life events and lessons is that he discovered at a very young age (9) what he wanted to do: walk on the moon. He never made it to that goal (at least, not yet), but he states that it's really important to set goals and do your best to meet those goals. If you don't get your goal, but move towards it, you're succeeding. That's a really important point- not only do you have to set a goal, but you have to keep chasing it even if it involves detours here and there. I can really empathize with this view as it's largely what I've done with my life. Chris also loved going fast from a young age, but he wasn't a risk-taker.
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This well-written book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, is full of “AMAZING”, not to mention how I feel about Chris Hadfield – the Canadian astronaut who was commander of the International Space Station.

When Chris was nine years old he watched – on a neighbour’s TV on July 20, 1969 – the Apollo moon landing, and knew right then what he wanted to be when he grew up. From that point onward everything he did was to obtain his goal to be an astronaut, even though here in Canada there was not yet a space agency.

In An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth Chris Hadfield tells about his journey. After the Introduction appetizer, he has divided the book into three sections: Part 1 – Pre-Launch; Part 2 – Liftoff; Part 3 – Coming Down to Earth.
Part 1 – Pre-Launch

The Trip Takes a Lifetime
Have an Attitude
The Power of Negative Thinking
Sweat the Small Stuff
The Last People in the World
What’s the Next Thing That Could Kill Me?

Part 2 – Liftoff
7. Tranquility Base, Kazakhstan
8. How to Get Blasted (and Feel Good the Next Day)
9. Aim to Be a Zero
10. Life off Earth
11. Square Astronaut, Round Hole

Part 3 – Coming Down to Earth
12. Soft Landings
13. Climbing Down the Ladder

This is an exciting, interesting, incredible adventure told in an easy-to-read way. Chris Hadfield‘s humility and humour shine through as he shares what he has learned and accomplished both on and off Earth. What he had to do to realize his dream is daunting. What he shares about life is sound and inspiring.
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