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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything Paperback – April 14, 2015
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A Slate Staff Pick for Best Books 2013
"A very human glance into a rarified world.... The vacuum of space is unforgiving and brutal. Life on earth isn't easy, either. Mr. Hadfield has genuinely and refreshingly increased our understanding of how to thrive in both places."―The Wall Street Journal
"Hadfield is a genius, a man of science and technology and no first-timer to the universe."―New York Post
"A satisfying behind-the-scenes look at the life of an astronaut.... A page-turning memoir of life as a decorated astronaut."―Kirkus Reviews
"Houston, we have a superstar."―Washington Post
"This memoir is part fascinating view, part Boy Scout manual."―New York Times
"A satisfying behind-the-scenes look at the life of an astronaut.... A page-turning memoir of life as a decorated astronaut."―Kirkus
"Hadfield proves himself to be not only a fierce explorer of the universe, but also a deeply thoughtful explorer of the human condition, capable of articulating those most universal of inquiries in simple yet profound language.... The book itself is absolutely spectacular."―Brain Pickings
"Lessons from his new book, AN ASTRONAUT'S GUIDE TO LIFE, are so inspiring that it's hard to decide which one to tell you about."―USA Today
"Our planet's one-man ambassador to the universe."―Gothamist
About the Author
Chris Hadfield is one of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in the world. In May 2013, Hadfield returned to Earth after serving as Commander of the International Space Station, where he and his crew lived for five months (his third mission). 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 to be an astronaut in 1992.
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Certainly not a bad book, just not the best astronaut point of view book I've read.
Can't state with enough affirmation how excellent a read this book is for anyone - be you a scientist, an artist, a person with no ambitions to go to space or one who can dream of doing nothing else! Thanks so much Chris for such a wonderful trip to the moon .. and back.
His humour surfaces often, as Chris has a way of boiling complicated scenes down to lighthearted explanations for the reader. I would think this book would be a great gift for any young person who is looking foreward to career choices. Highly recommended.
I wish I could get a grandson with no ambition to read this, not that he ever had a shot at such as career, but so he'd catch on that employers are looking for the 'ability to learn.'. Astronaut employers take it to the extreme.
I would also like to hand a copy to the high schools and college jocks that peak in their glory days, only to implode in life. Gotta keep reaching!