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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

Hadfield, Chris

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
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Hadfield takes readers into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. He developed an unconventional philosophy at NASA: Prepare for the worst-- and enjoy every moment of it. By thinking like an astronaut, you can change the way you view life on Earth-- especially your own.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780316253017
0316253014
Branch Call Number: 629.45 H129a 2013
Characteristics: 295 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some color) ;,24 cm

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Hadfield takes readers into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. He developed an unconventional philosophy at NASA: Prepare for the worst-- and enjoy every moment of it.


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Feb 25, 2015
  • jjfry rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book and it was really inspiring!

Feb 05, 2015
  • fatcat21 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I would highly recommend this book. It is a very high interest, very readable book. You don't have to have an interest in space to enjoy this. It is simply a story of how he was able to accomplish some of the amazing things he has done. You will be inspired by the life and work ethic of this very accomplished man.

Jan 24, 2015
  • mckeett rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A Canadian hero and a very interesting author.

Jan 18, 2015
  • SylviaWillows rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Practical and any technical comments etc. are readily understandable by the lay person. Very interesting.

Jan 16, 2015
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An enjoyable read from the famed astronaut. Hadfield's writing style is crisp and efficient, like you'd expect out of someone who's made a career in that profession. At the same time, there's a warmth to his style. His experiences in space, description of the meticulous work and preparation going into it, and optimistic attitude all come across and make this a good read.

Dec 29, 2014
  • avratt rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Overall a very positive, uplifting and inspiring story. However, before I was half finished I was getting really tired of the constant "be prepared, work hard, life is wonderful" Good golly, gee whiz delivery style.

Aug 17, 2014
  • BookluvrShPk rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A wonderful memoir, with lots of great "life" advice! It was very interesting to learn all about his adventures on the road to becoming an astronaut. An easy, enjoyable read. Enjoy!

Jun 08, 2014
  • baldand rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a wonderful memoir, even if it was written by a Leaf fan. I read this book as the tragedy in Ukraine unfolded and the efforts to prop up NATO by pretending that Russia is the new Soviet Union. Chris Hadfield lived in Star City as NASA's Director of Operations in Russia from 2001 to 2003 and speaks Russian fluently. The space program has hugely benefited from the close co-operation between Russia and the West, which may, sadly, be coming to an end.

Mar 21, 2014
  • Irene99 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent biography from a great communicator and leader. Chris Hadfield shares his experiences on the path to becoming an astronaut, the intense work and teamwork that is involved in that enterprise, and just what it is like to be out there in space. What life is like on a space ship the size of a football field, the international collaboration, the scary things and how they prepared to be ready for any disaster. The writing is crisp, entertaining, and heartwarming. From the introduction, "Mission Impossible: The windows of a spaceship casually frame miracles. Every 92 minutes, another sunrise: a layer cake that starts with orange, then a thick wedge of blue, then the richest, darkest icing decorated with stars. The secret patterns of our planet are revealed: mountains bump up rudely from orderly plains, forests are green gashes edged with snow, rivers glint in the sunlight, twisting and turning like silvery worms. Continents splay themselves out whole, surrounded by islands sprinkled across the sea like delicate shards of shattered eggshells." You have to read more. Be prepared to be enlightened, to learn, and to never be the same.

Mar 13, 2014
  • 20500000857552 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loving this book. A quick and easy read, with lots of wisdom that applies as much to life on Earth as it does to space travel. Great anecdotes and a realistic picture of an astronaut's life -- not all glamour, but worth the effort!

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