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Publisher Description

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.

Biographies & Memoirs
1 November
Pan Macmillan UK
Macmillan Publishers Australia and Pan Macmillan Australia

Customer Reviews

Hoffajoff ,


Terrific book, an amazing accessible read. I hope you write another one soon!

Glen838383 ,


I loved this book. Inspiring to read the achievements of man and how dedicated the human endeavor is to keep exploring frontiers. Chris Hadfield your book has inspired me to be a better person and make the most out of life. I also believe we need to protect our planet (I even work in oil and gas). I recommend this read to everyone.

TattooedMac ,

Chris is one amazing Human Being !!!

I admit i haven’t read the whole book, but i don’t need to, to be able to write this review.
Chris is a amazing Human Being, and has a hold on life. He is honest and funny, and this is a well written book. As he said, you can’t set goals, because always things WILL stand in the way, and it won’t go the way you want, so imagine failure, and learn how to get around the thing standing in your way, and its only then that you will get to where your going. . . Brutally honest, and once i sat back and thought about it, i realised how brutally truthful that statement is . . . You learn from failure, not succeeding :) 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Happy he didn’t see any 👽 up there though in his 🚀 . . . Thank you Chris for your insight and “Space Oddity” !!!!

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