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 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Inspired to become an astronaut after watching the Apollo 11 moon landing as a child, Chris Hadfield went on to become the commander of the International Space Station and the first Canadian to walk in space. In An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, the charismatic Hadfield—whose social media missives from orbit became wildly popular—shares revealing stories about the wonders and challenges of working in space, as well as the no-nonsense philosophies that got him there. Written with heart, humour, and optimism, this fascinating book will thrill armchair explorers and motivate readers to pursue their dreams here on Earth.
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Sweat the small stuff...
Colonel Hadfield not only shares stories about the human side of being an astronaut but provides insight on how success requires preparation. Major goal achievement is not exclusively the measure of success.
Balm for the Soul
This book came to me at a tumultuous time in my life and it helped quiet the voices of doubt. His humility in the face of profound accomplishment is the biggest lesson. There are no small job. All have to done and doing them serves all. If we all acted this way the world would be a better place. Strive to be a "one" but be happy at "zero". Love the journey and getting to the destination in just the cherry on top.