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, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield's success - and survival - is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst - and enjoy every moment of it.
In An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Col. 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 Col. Hadfield. But his vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth - especially your own.
About the Author
Chris Hadfield is one of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in the world. The top graduate of the U.S. Air Force test pilot school in 1988 and U.S. Navy test pilot of the year in 1991, Hadfield was selected to be an astronaut in 1992. He was CAPCOM for 25 shuttle launches and served as Director of NASA Operations in Star City, Russia from 2001-2003, Chief of Robotics at the Johnson Space Center in Houston from 2003-2006, and Chief of International Space Station Operations from 2006-2008. Hadfield most recently served as Commander of the International Space Station where, while conducting a record-setting number of scientific experiments and overseeing an emergency spacewalk, he gained worldwide acclaim for his breathtaking photographs and educational videos about life in space. His music video, a zero gravity version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," received over 10 million views in its first three days online.
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This is a very enjoyable read, and a fascinating insight into a life that had a purpose that was delivered in spades. This guy is seriously driven but has great balance and perspective. I also learned to think about things in a different way; for example, Chris tells my why it is OK to think negatively at things when I was always told to be a positive thinker. This is a very worthwhile read for anyone with a goal, or just to find out what it is like to be an astronaut.
I saw this book advertised through a men health magazine, and it captured my attention.
The book, is mainly about Chris Hadfield journey into the life of being a astronaut, and life in space, however within the story there's lots of inspirational thoughts of wisdom, that would help in everyday life. It definitely gives you insight to the space program and what that entails. Chris Hadfield has a good sense of humor, and that shows throughout the book. Its a great story, for a guy or gal, and it's worth having on your book shelf, even for the cover alone!
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st November 2013
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.2 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.44