An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

by Chris Hadfield | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0345812700 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HoserLauren of Burlington, Ontario Canada on 3/13/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Sunday, March 13, 2016
I got this for my dad as a Christmas present and he enjoyed it.

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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.

Journal Entry 2 by HoserLauren at Burlington, Ontario Canada on Sunday, April 26, 2020
I've always been interested in space and aerospace so I was excited to read a Canadian astronaut's perspective. Unfortunately I got about 100 pages through and decided to stop. The first 25 pages pretty much describe Hadfield's entire life which leaves you wondering what the rest of the book is going to be about.

The rest are Hadfield's "lessons", which are pretty grandiose and can be summarized as 'dream big, work hard, prepare for anything and you'll get what you want'. It seems that luck has a lot to play in to it well, which Hadfield kind of acknowledges, but it doesn't really play in to his lessons. This wasn't what I was expecting.

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