An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me about Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything (Paperback)

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Chris Hadfield is a Canadian astronaut who most people know because of his zero-gravity performance of “Space Oddity,” by David Bowie, which he filmed while aboard the International space station. This is his memoir, and it is one of my absolute favorites. It is so down-to-earth, given that it was written by a man who spent a good portion of the past decade 270 miles above the surface of our planet.

-Recommended by Beryl

The book follows Hadfield’s life chronologically. The story begins with how he first became interested in space travel. At age 10, Hadfield, along with an estimated 600 million people, watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon, stitching the famous phrase into history: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

This phrase struck the hearts of hopeful astronauts, and ambition children across the globe, and Hadfield was one of them. He made it his goal get there, to study hard and do whatever it took to get into space.

The story continues to follow Hadfield through various training, the trials of love and marriage from afar (very far) and finally, his arrival in space. His personal account of take off and crossing the gravity threshold will make your stomach sink and eyes widen with space-filled-wanderlust. He takes us on a journey throughout his life in space that will make you question the purpose of both your own life and the way of life on earth.

— From Book reviews: Books offer journey into space


"Hadfield is a genius, a man of science and technology and no first-timer to the universe."-New York Post

Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 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.

In his bestselling An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories, 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.

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316253031
ISBN-10: 0316253030
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: April 14th, 2015
Pages: 320
Language: English