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.