Book Review : An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broke...

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 his 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, Chris Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. You might never be able to build a robot, pilot a spacecraft or perform basic surgery in zero gravity like Colonel 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.

Book Details
Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Macmillan
Original Title : An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
ISBN : 1447257510 (ISBN13: 9781447257516)
Edition Language : English
Characters : Chris Hadfield
Genres : Nonfiction, Biography (Autobiography), Science, Space


My Thought
This is one of the best book I've ever read. Highly informative, but also witty and smartly written. I learned so much about both sides of being an astronaut, about right attitude, perseverance, patience, humality, focus and dicipline.

This book explains what is living, loving and working as an astronaut and what is the best way to learn how to live on this planet and relate with the people if not from one of the most important astronaut alive. He has been trained for years to handle the most dangerous and stressfull situations, where the smallest mistake can kill you basically, living a lot of time far from his family and living for months with other people in a tiny space which is the ISS and still able to handle this incredible amount of pressure growing up an amazing family and achieving the most tricky challenges. 

Colonel Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space is a humble and inspiration guy, who also has the coolest job. You, make me want to follow my dreams, because i still want to be an astronaut...

By the way, I love his ISS version of Space Oddity, makes getting this book that much more of a pleasure.

“Life off Earth is in two important respects not at all unworldly: you can choose to focus on the surprises and pleasures, or the frustrations. And you can choose to appreciate the smallest scraps of experience, the everyday moments, or to value only the grandest, most stirring ones.”
― Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

It's a wonderful and heart warming book, and highly recommend reading it. This book will open your minds.


About Author
Born in Sarnia, Canada August 29, 1959
Twitter : Cmdr_Hadfield

Chris Hadfield is one of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in the world. The top graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School in 1988 and U.S. Navy test pilot of the year in 1991, Hadfield was selected by the Canadian Space Agency to be an astronaut in 1992. He was CAPCOM for 25 Shuttle launches and served as Director of NASA Operations in Star City, Russia from 2001-2003, Chief of Robotics at the Johnson Space Center in Houston from 2003-2006, and Chief of International Space Station Operations from 2006-2008. Hadfield most recently served as Commander of the International Space Station where, while conducting a record-setting number of scientific experiments and overseeing an emergency spacewalk, he gained worldwide acclaim for his breathtaking photographs and educational videos about life in space. His music video, a zero-gravity version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," received over 10 million views in its first three days online.

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