An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

eBook - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House of Canada, 2013
ISBN: 9780345812728
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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It was a pleasure to listen to the audiobook of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield. It was written in very engaging language. This is the biography of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield in which the importance of training and preparation is stressed, showing how even the slightest mistake in space can be fatal and how “it is a rocket science” to be an astronaut. This was a true account of leadership. I really enjoyed listening to Chris Hadfield’s story. I had no idea how much preparation it takes to embark on the trip to space and how much impact Chris’s professional life had on his family. (Submitted by Ilona).

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re_discover
Jun 14, 2018

Although I appreciated the positive messages Hadfield shares in his book, I found it a bit repetitive.

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bazil_1
Mar 04, 2018

How do you return an E-Book

LoganLib_Genevieve Feb 17, 2018

Very interesting read about the hard work, dedication, and sacrifices it takes to make it as an astronaut with NASA. Filled with stories that are relatable to succeeding in life on Earth and in space. Very highly recommended!

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flub
Jan 10, 2018

A truly inspiring biography by an outstanding man.

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guantina
Jul 17, 2017

A very inspiring and motivating life story told from former astronaut Chris Hadfield. He talks about the gruelling difficulties that he has faced throughout his career with NASA, and the long training process that he had to go through before being able to go to the International Space Station. This book was truly great and the reader got to experience and connect with Chris as he expresses his thoughts and feelings.
Chris Hadfield teaches the world how to make the impossible possible.

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fatcat21
Feb 01, 2017

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.

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darcyhudjik
Dec 23, 2016

An interesting insight on what astronauts do to train and prepare for a mission, and how many of these things can be applied to everyday life.

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Aisling_1
Jul 05, 2016

Chris Hadfield's "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" was such an enlightening read. Hadfield masterfully explains intricate details of an astronaut's career while still reaching the reader through humour.

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danomcd
Nov 17, 2015

The organization seemed a little strange with him jumping around through various parts of his career.

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