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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.
Authors: Hadfield, Chris, 1959-
Title: An astronaut's guide to life on Earth
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 295 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some color) ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Chris Hadfield
Notes: Includes index
Contents: Introduction: Mission impossible
Pre-launch. The trip takes a lifetime ; Have an attitude ; The power of negative thinking ; Sweat the small stuff ; The last people in the world ; What's the next thing that could kill me?
Liftoff. Tranquility Base, Kazakhstan ; How to get blasted (and feel good the next day) ; Aim to be a zero ; Life off Earth ; Square astronaut, round hole
Coming down to Earth. Soft landings ; Climbing down the ladder
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 0316253014
9780316253017
Branch Call Number: 629.45 H129a 2013
Copyright Date: ©2013
Subject Headings: Astronauts Canada Biography Hadfield, Chris, 1959-
Topical Term: Astronauts
LCCN: 2013943519
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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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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!

Jul 10, 2014
  • ksoles rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

With his Master's degree in engineering, his ability to fly fighter jets in hostile territory, his status as best test pilot in the world, his single-minded dedication, his boundless competitive streak and his abundant charm, brains and wit, Chris Hadfield undoubtedly ranks as Canada's most famous astronaut. In 1995, he became the only Canadian to visit Russia's Mir space station; in 2001, he made history as the first Canadian to spacewalk; most recently, he embarked on a six-month mission, the last three of which he spent as the first Canadian to command the ISS.

If that wasn't an impressive enough resumé, Hadfield has exerted a galaxy-sized influence on the public's perception of space travel. With help of his son back on Earth, he tweeted stunning pictures of our planet and earned nearly a million followers. He also recorded short YouTube videos about life on the station and, most popularly, posted a video of himself singing David Bowie’s song "Space Oddity" in the zero-gravity environment of the ISS. The video amassed 10-million hits in three days.

Hadfield takes on a decidedly modest tone in "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" when he briefly recounts his accomplishments. The ISS has already improved life on Earth and will one day make long-term space travel possible. But Hadfield chooses not to focus on the stuff of glory; rather, he dedicates the lion's share of his charming book to chronicling the vast majority of an astronaut's working life, which unfolds on Earth.

A few too many of Hadfield's stories veer into "self-help" territory and become tedious, boiling down to the repeated lesson that the most important qualities for a successful life are being competent and understanding the importance of competence. However, he openly and honestly addresses the demands of training, the bureaucratic headaches of working in a government agency and the disadvantages to being an absent father. Ultimately, Hadfield has produced a gripping and fascinating memoir, just one more thing to add to his CV.

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!

Feb 17, 2014
  • chana1018 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book! very interesting!

Feb 10, 2014
  • nat_cyr0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing book from one of our own astronauts, and the first Canadian commander, for the International Space Station. Talks about his journey from boyhood, to becoming a astronaut and flying on the shuttle. Great wisdom along with some really neat space stories, you do not need a pillow to sleep in space. I enjoyed reading this book, and the photo insert is nice too.

Jan 15, 2014
  • gworkingmom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved the book. A great read.

Jan 07, 2014
  • PatrickLongworth1969 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great account of a Canadian astronaut's life and how he got to be in the field as well as lessons that he learned, the people he met and achievements he accomplished.

Dec 13, 2013
  • Bill_R rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great story of setting a career goal early and making it happen, in spite of barriers like a fear of heights or being born in the wrong country. His insights into risk management and living full out really are applicable to life on earth. Hadfield recorded the music video of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" from aboard the International Space Station -- the book is equally approachable and inspiring.

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