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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth - Chris Hadfield

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

Author Chris Hadfield

  • Published: 2013-10-29
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Stars
From 224 Customers Review
Price: $13.99


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.

Top Customer Reviews

  • Balm for the Soul

    From IB_bc
    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.
  • Thanks

    From Omg013
    I rarely review books, but this one warrants an opinion. I read the book one year after retiring from a "day job". I gained a lot of inspiration from Chris Hadfield's perspectives and philosophies. Aside from the personal enrichment, the book was enlightening and interesting. Overall, a well written book, a good read and lots of food for thought.
  • Inspirational

    From SoalJack
    A aw inspiring account of commander Hadfield's journey to becoming an an astronaut and eventual command of the ISS. This book should be read and by every person on earth. As a Canadian I am very proud of his accomplishments and will take the life lesions within to heart.
  • Wonderful book

    From Upsilone
    I have had the chance to briefly meet and shake hands with Commander Hadfield. Although I was just one of many to do so, and with the unlikelihood he would remember me, I sure remember what an honor it was for me. Like Hadfield, and many other children, I too dreamed of once becoming an astronaut. Although my life choices and career have led me in a different direction, reading this book has opened my eyes into what it would have been like. Through reading this book, I have personally acquired a great deal of humility and admiration of my surroundings and relationships, rethought my ethics, and even changed my behavior towards others. This book is an absolute must read in my opinion.
  • Well written and inspiring

    From Tuckerg76
    The title is spot on, Cmdr. Hadfield discusses not only his life but how he approaches his life and work in a way that’s relatable and enjoyable to read. And it is herein the magic of the book lies. Cmdr. Hadfield has written a truly excellent book. It’s one of the few books I’ve come across that warrants multiple readings.
  • Fantastic and Inspiring read

    From ^Zenith^
    Written in an easy to read, relate and perhaps take-aways for day to day work and life in general. This is a great perspective of life of Astronauts and journey into space -- something that most of us may not get there in our lifetime. Great work Cmdr. Hadfield!
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

    From Lredfor1
    A must read for anyone who works or plays in a team environment.
  • Inspiring!

    From im_dino
    A great and inspiring story of a true Canadian in every way that aimed for the stars and got there and back! His dedication to advancing space exploration and contribution to helping us earthlings understand the world about us. He shares his approach to life and its challenges in a way the makes it applicable to all.