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

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

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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality.
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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

Back on the earth after three spaceflights, Chris Hadfield's captivating memoir An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth reveals extraordinary stories from his life as an astronaut, and shows how to make the impossible a reality.

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, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in space. The secret to Chris Hadfield's success - and survival - is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst - and enjoy every moment of it.

In his book, 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. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch, the mesmerizing wonder of spacewalks and the measured, calm responses mandated by crises, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement - and happiness. His own extraordinary education in space has taught him some counter-intuitive lessons: don't visualize success, do care what others think, and always sweat the small stuff.

You might never be able to build a robot, pilot a spacecraft, make a music video or perform basic surgery in zero gravity like Colonel Hadfield. But his vivid and refreshing insights in this book will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth - especially your own.

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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth Reviews

Houston, we have a superstar * Washington Post *
Hadfield has done more than probably any astronaut since the Apollo missions to transform the image of space exploration . . . Space has rarely seemed to close, or the world so astonishing * Daily Telegraph *

About Chris 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, Colonel Hadfield was selected to be an astronaut in 1992. He was CAPCOM for twenty-five 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 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. Chris Hadfield's book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, sees his lessons learnt in space applied to life on Earth. He is also the author of You Are Here, a book of breathtaking photos taken from space. His TED talk has been viewed over four million times and he judged the BBC TV series Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

Table of Contents

    • Introduction - i: Introduction: Mission Impossible
  • Unit - Part 1: PRE-LAUNCH
  • Chapter - 1: The Trip Takes a Lifetime
  • Chapter - 2: Have an Attitude
  • Chapter - 3: The Power of Negative Thinking
  • Chapter - 4: Sweat the Small Stuff
  • Chapter - 5: The Last People in the World
  • Chapter - 6: What's the Next Thing That Could Kill Me
  • Unit - Part 2: LIFTOFF
  • Chapter - 7: Tranquility Base, Kazakhstan
  • Chapter - 8: How to Get Blasted (and Feel Good the Next Day)
  • Chapter - 9: Aim to Be a Zero
  • Chapter - 10: Life off Earth
  • Chapter - 11: Square Astronaut, Round Hole
  • Unit - Part 3: COMING DOWN TO EARTH
  • Chapter - 12: Soft Landings
  • Chapter - 13: Climbing Down the Ladder
    • Acknowledgements - ii: Acknowledgments
    • Index - iii: Index
    • Section - iv: Illustrations

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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
Chris Hadfield
Used - Very Good
Pan Macmillan
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