An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth (2020)

An Astronaut s Guide to Life on Earth As Commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield captivated the world with stunning photos and commentary from space Now in his first book Chris offers readers extraordinary stories f
  • Title: An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
  • Author: Chris Hadfield
  • ISBN: 9780345812704
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield captivated the world with stunning photos and commentary from space Now, in his first book, Chris offers readers extraordinary stories from his life as an astronaut, and shows how to make the impossible a reality.Chris Hadfield decided to become an astronaut after watching the Apollo moon landing with his famAs Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield captivated the world with stunning photos and commentary from space Now, in his first book, Chris offers readers extraordinary stories from his life as an astronaut, and shows how to make the impossible a reality.Chris Hadfield decided to become an astronaut after watching the Apollo moon landing with his family on Stag Island, Ontario, when he was nine years old, and it was impossible for Canadians to be astronauts In 2013, he served as Commander of the International Space Station orbiting the Earth during a five month mission Fulfilling this lifelong dream required intense focus, natural ability and a singular commitment to thinking like an astronaut In An Astronaut s Guide to Life on Earth, Chris gives us a rare insider s perspective on just what that kind of thinking involves, and how earthbound humans can use it to achieve success and happiness in their lives.Astronaut training turns popular wisdom about how to be successful on its head Instead of visualizing victory, astronauts prepare for the worst always sweat the small stuff and do care what others think Chris shows how this unique education comes into play with dramatic anecdotes about going blind during a spacewalk, getting rid of a live snake while piloting a plane, and docking with space station Mir when laser tracking systems fail at the critical moment Along the way, he shares exhilarating experiences, and challenges, from his 144 days on the ISS, and provides an unforgettable answer to his most asked question What s it really like in outer space Written with humour, humility and a profound optimism for the future of space exploration, An Astronaut s Guide to Life on Earth offers readers not just the inspiring story of one man s journey to the ISS, but the opportunity to step into his space boots and think like an astronaut and renew their commitment to pursuing their own dreams, big or small.
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    1. Depending on your outlook on things, this book will either make you feel like you have lived a vastly underwhelming and underachieving sort of life, full of these lost opportunities, these missed chances or it will make you feel infinitely inspired, like you can live and do just be in general, and it will serve as fuel to your rocket, to use a hackneyed analogy.Being what I think of as a jaded sort of optimist, I m somewhere in between.But Col Hadfield is definitely leaning heavily towards th [...]

    2. Update There is a PBS documentary, premiered March 2nd, A Year in Space about Scott Kelly s marathon space adventure which just ended If you have read this book, you will enjoy the film immensely So many explained in the book, are shown in the film From the first where you see the three astronauts crammed into the rocket, you understand where each of them is sitting, why you can hear Russian and why it is a Soyuz space ship And so it goes on It is wonderful to see all the concepts and technology [...]

    3. The final review is under the audio book It was narrated brilliantly by the author, full of warmth, full of humour, full of wanting to share with us all Finished Proper review to come Five stars and no it s not a self help inspirational book Far from it as his mantra is Sweat the Small Stuff and we can t do that in real life unless we have OCD.Update I ve just read the most amazing thing That it only takes 6 hours to get to the ISS That s faster than getting from London to NY Today I listened to [...]

    4. Most of us nerds got a good idea of who Chris Hadfield is from his youtube videos last year filmed on the International Space Station For the last few years the Mars rovers have been the sexy at NASA with the demise of the shuttle, the hitchhiking on Russian craft, oh and that psycho cross country drive diaper caper really doing a number on NASA astronaut public image But then Chris Hadfield and mustache came along and fixed it all up again After a gap of 20 or so years I find myself wanting to [...]

    5. As a Canadian I am horribly biased towards Chris Hadfield and pretty much anything he does I was completely captured by his photos from space on Twitter, his videos about life on the International Space Station, and his uncanny ability to make space travel cool again Once I found out he was publishing a book, I knew I would have to read it, and I assumed I would enjoy it as much as I have his other exploits.What truly surprised me is the aspect I loved most about this book had nothing to do with [...]

    6. Something frustrating happened at work the other a something that continually resurfaces again and again and again And, predictably, the few of us who were stuck working last week, did what we always do we griped bitterly, stirring ourselves up in the same old fit of resentment and anger.When that started happening, I found myself thinking about something I d read in Chris Hadfield s memoir, An Astronaut s Guide to Life on Earth, where he wrote about his father he also disapproved of whining bec [...]

    7. Aeronautics aside, this book could have been called How to make friends and influence people the Chris Hadfield way Like everyone else I ended up adoring the man, but he sure is a preacher, and the book is plump with sermons about being humble, being kind to one s fellow men, the goodness of practice, practice, practice, the importance of being a team player, and loving your family All this preaching though is underpinned with solid of examples of Hadfield being an absolutely sterling human bein [...]

    8. Okay, this was a fantastic read Wow, I m really thinking I want to be an Astronaut now, lol I m really really glad I decided to pick up this one.

    9. I greatly enjoyed this book Chris Hadfield is a remarkable man his achievements speak for themselves Despite his remarkable life, he comes out sounding rather humble He always lets the reader know that each space flight is an incredible team effort Being an astronaut is not mainly about going into space it is about the process of training, learning, practicing, undergoing grueling difficulties, and helping others It means taking a back seat to one s ego It is about seeing other astronauts cut in [...]

    10. Col Chris Hadfield is a rock star quality astronaut followed by millions of people I am one of them My first exposure came from a session his son Evan set up on Reddit late last year called ask me anything A user, in regards to Hadfield being in space for five months, asked, Won t you be lonely Hadfield replied, In the centre of every big city in the world, surrounded by noise and teeming millions of people, are lonely people Loneliness is not so much where you are, but instead is your state of [...]

    11. Essentially a long dad like lecture on how the lessons Chris Hadfield has absorbed from a life in pursuit of the goal of going to space can be applied to your ordinary life here on Earth Like any lecture by a beloved parent, there is good and bad here The bad it can be repetitive The point he returns to again and again is be prepared It is advice that I personally don t need, if anything I need to learn to be spontaneous But it is advice that definitely made me feel like Astronaut Chris and I w [...]

    12. I haven t seen my family in weeks Writing a review on Chris Hadfield s book takes effort effort you have to be prepared for, sweating the small stuff, with single minded focus and superhuman determination It s not as simple as reading the book and writing this review Months and months of exacting preparation and endless training, before the book was even released, went into this review I photographed all the locations and interviewed the people I thought likely to be mentioned in the book, and e [...]

    13. Reads like a job interview I was hoping for something a bit sensory Instead, Hadfield describes his accomplishments unemotionally and without a lot of insight other than work hard and dream big Hadfield is definitely accomplished and has stories to tell But I wish each statement didn t end with a notch on his belt.

    14. This was a book I had looked forward to reading so perhaps I expected too much Without a doubt this is a decent story told by a decent story teller and you feel like you are listening to dad or a favourite teacher tell you about a great adventure back when that is riddled with valuable life lessons he hopes to impart in order help you to make your own life meaningful The Colonel is definitely a teacher.This said, I found this to be a difficult read partly due to the repetitive and take my advic [...]

    15. Well, the last book I ll finish in 2013 has turned out to be my favourite of the year I m a major NASA nut, and I ve read a lot of astronaut biographies All the Apollo era ones, and a few Space Shuttle ones as well But while they were all intriguing reading, only Michael Collins Carrying the Fire Apollo 11 he was the guy who stayed in the command module while Neil and Buzz got to walk on the moon came close to what I was looking for an account of how it FEELS to be in space Prior to the Shuttle [...]

    16. Commander Chris Hadfield spent a total of 144 days aboard the International Space Station He s the man who tweeted from space and showed us how majestic this planet really is He recorded countless videos how do you brush your teeth in space , making a peanut butter sandwich in zero gravity and answered questions from all around the world.Chris made space cool again.Oh yeah, have I mentioned that he also made the first music video in space Watch his cover of David Bowie s Space Oddity.In this sho [...]

    17. It was a no brainer that I would get to this book eventually It only took so long because I was very far down the hold list at the library, and waited patiently while reading other books for it to arrive A book written by Chris Hadfield Canada s best known astronaut at least these days , who made life on the ISS exciting for so many people than those who had been interested in space for years Count me in.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcemen [...]

    18. for Olivia and sam the reason this book gets one star is because he is so goddamn full of himself Sure it s cool and stuff that he s an astronaut but at the end of the day it s just a job and your paid to do it he s just super annoying in the way he talks about it, I don t find him humble which I think is why I found him extremely repetitive too It felt like I was reading the same thing over and over again, I spent the whole time wishing there would be a climax but there never was one It was lik [...]

    19. 4.5 Let me just start by saying it s times like this that I thank God for book clubs I read this for a group that I m in and I m so glad because I don t think that I would ve picked this up on my own This book is written by Col Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut Hadfield writes about the technical aspects of being an astronaut from the preparations, to the space missions, to returning home That, alone, was interesting to read but he also writes about how all of his training had prepared him fo [...]

    20. Chris Hadfield s book is an autobiography, an astronaut s memoir, and in the first half, a self help guidebook to developing the kind of mental attitude it takes to be an astronaut For education, it is clear one has to go deep in subjects NASA thinks important to learn science, technology, engineering and math Attending the USAF test pilot school seems like a good idea too, as well as just plain WOW The book is full of good advice and interesting, but I wish the earnestness about teamwork and pe [...]

    21. Really 4.5 stars.The publisher says Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 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 momen [...]

    22. Buckle up and make sure you re wearing your g suit, because this is one of those rare books that live up to all the hype An Astronaut s Guide to Life on Earth comes with ridiculously high expectations it has a bunch of awards, and everyone gives it such glowing reviews So, naturally, I tempered my excitement As anyone who has read my reviews knows, I love space and science fiction I welcomed the opportunity to read a book written by someone who has actually been to space But I was not prepared f [...]

    23. I found myself dragging through this book, but I m not sure why However, I enjoyed learning about how astronauts train and work, and I appreciated the numerous lessons Hadfield imparts to the reader I found it similar to Mike Massimino s book, in that both of them have valued their time on Earth than their time in space Both genuinely believe that the journey is what one should be proud of and enjoy, not the destination Being in space was great, but solving problems and getting jobs done as an [...]

    24. Full disclosure I have a serious admiration crush on Commander Hadfield, so I may be biased.I LOVED THIS BOOK A non linear autobiography spun as a sort of motivational handbook to living well, this book uses anecdotes the terrifying, the humorous, and the profound from an impressive career to illustrate some of the ways in which life as an astronaut can inform, and indeed improve, everyday life on earth The writing is uncomplicated but never simple, the voice of humble intelligence with experien [...]

    25. Quick review apologies if there are any errors This book starts out sort of like a school girl s diary and it was annoying at first, but I quickly warmed up to the narrator author Hadfield s narration is excellent, very easy to take in and follow everything He seems like a fairly nice guy that would always be open a conversation about anything While I did have some doubts how he managed to handle his career and family life, he does mention that his wife was unbelievably supporting in everything [...]

    26. I would have preferred to have interesting factoids about space did you know that you will grow an inch or two while up in the ISS for 5 months without gravity and actual descriptions of the experiments being done on the astronauts instead of the generic statements about the importance of science Instead the book focused a lot on how accomplished Hadfield had to be to become an astronaut, and the rather trite life lessons he s learned during those experiences he seems particularly proud of the [...]

    27. This was much better than I had expected For some reason I had convinced myself that this could just depress me, but it didn t.We got a lot of information about what it actually means to be an astronaut and a lot of the training and work was super interesting.On top of that I liked his honesty in talking about his successes and failures that is too strong a word, but can t think of another and his attitude towards life and the importance of working hard and being prepared.So no depressing reacti [...]

    28. I was one of those people that thought the space program took up an unreasonable amount of tax dollars despite my own interest in scienceuntil I read this book My favorite sections of this book aren t the entertaining descriptions of how you go about hygiene in a zero gravity environment, the fascinating description of the career path of an astronaut and the thousands of other scientists that make space travel possible, the insightful application of how to be a better human on earth, nor the sus [...]

    29. I had no idea I wanted to read a book by an astronaut until I was reading a book by an astronaut and also I was really enjoying it The pacing is like you re spending a long lazy evening with the Commander, and you guys are both drinking and he s telling you these frankly amazing stories about life in space, and sometimes he drops in a lesson that you store away forever aim to be a zero and what s the next thing that could kill me are my favorites PLUS he tells a whole story about piloting a plan [...]

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