An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

Book - 2013
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Astronaut Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station, presents his own inspiring story and shows how the rest of us can "think like an astronaut" to achieve success and happiness right here on Earth.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2013
ISBN: 9780345812704
0345812700
Characteristics: 295 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.)

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Shivam7
Jul 19, 2019

Wow where was this book all this time!
We should really make these people as idols and not some actors.
A great read to get perspective in life.

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Smitty665
May 23, 2019

An amazing human being and an excellent read.

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misatim
Apr 19, 2019

Just think of all the pollution this one man has created in his life. How many people 's lives have been shortened by his actions, and all for his own ego. Think of all the space junk circling the planet. No this is not someone to celebrate, this is not star trek, or star wars. This is our very life taken by greed and ego.

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miketany
Dec 20, 2018

The book was fascinating to me – Hadfield is a hybrid pilot-engineer-scientist-lab rat. His expertise is in engineering and as a test pilot, but throughout the book, he references how his work is interdisciplinary, and he has to have a broad understanding of several domains in order to be effective. In addition to his role as an astronaut and Commander, he is also a fully fledged lab rat, and people on the ground will ask him questions about how he’s feeling, take samples while he’s in space and after he returns, as well as measure how quickly he recovers to live back on Earth in order to further our understanding of how life in space impacts the human body. Since, at some point, we hope to explore the stars, any data we can get on how astronauts respond to life in space is valuable.

One of my favorite parts of the book was how it didn’t just focus on the mundane, it relished them. He spends pages describing the drills he went through, and how important have a strong grasp of the fundamentals was for his success. I found this refreshing – too often in science we glorify the achievements but ignore all the hard work that got them there. A breakthrough in the lab might take months or even years of work before things go right, and having some acknowledge that, not only do things not work (often), them not working is not the end of the world. This was a refreshing take on the scientific method and really highlighted the value in “the grind” of slowly perfecting your skills.

It was a pleasure to listen to the audiobook of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield. It was written in very engaging language. This is the biography of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield in which the importance of training and preparation is stressed, showing how even the slightest mistake in space can be fatal and how “it is a rocket science” to be an astronaut. This was a true account of leadership. I really enjoyed listening to Chris Hadfield’s story. I had no idea how much preparation it takes to embark on the trip to space and how much impact Chris’s professional life had on his family. (Submitted by Ilona).

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re_discover
Jun 14, 2018

Although I appreciated the positive messages Hadfield shares in his book, I found it a bit repetitive.

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bazil_1
Mar 04, 2018

How do you return an E-Book

LoganGenevieve Feb 17, 2018

Very interesting read about the hard work, dedication, and sacrifices it takes to make it as an astronaut with NASA. Filled with stories that are relatable to succeeding in life on Earth and in space. Very highly recommended!

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flub
Jan 10, 2018

A truly inspiring biography by an outstanding man.

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guantina
Jul 17, 2017

A very inspiring and motivating life story told from former astronaut Chris Hadfield. He talks about the gruelling difficulties that he has faced throughout his career with NASA, and the long training process that he had to go through before being able to go to the International Space Station. This book was truly great and the reader got to experience and connect with Chris as he expresses his thoughts and feelings.
Chris Hadfield teaches the world how to make the impossible possible.

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