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An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth

by Chris Hadfield

Random House of Canada | October 29, 2013 | Hardcover

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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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.25 × 6.33 × 1.05 in

Published: October 29, 2013

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345812700

ISBN - 13: 9780345812704

Found in: Biography and Memoir
Chris Hadfield’s journey in An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth began when he was nine years old. Like so many kids who watched the moon landing, a young Chris dreamed of going into space, but he was the kid who had the intelligence, courage, and drive to make that dream come true. He’s now Commander Chris Hadfield, Canadian hero, and he’s made space travel exciting again for an entire planet. And, between launches, orbits, and Youtube videos, he’s somehow found the time to write a book so we can all share in the adventure. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth shows us the grit and determination needed to get into orbit, but also about the exhilaration and sheer fun of living off planet. From tweeting over Madagascar to playing guitar over the Arctic Ocean, this is the closest to being in space most of us will ever get. Want to know what it’s really like to be an astronaut? This is the book.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This book was fantastic. I got it on audio and really enjoyed Chris's stories not only about space and being an astronaut but also about life. The book if very real and insightful
Date published: 2014-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! a must-read book about life and attitude in Space and on Earth This well-written book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, is full of “AMAZING”, not to mention how I feel about Chris Hadfield – the Canadian astronaut who was commander of the International Space Station. When Chris was nine years old he watched – on a neighbour’s TV on July 20, 1969 – the Apollo moon landing, and knew right then what he wanted to be when he grew up. From that point onward everything he did was to obtain his goal to be an astronaut, even though here in Canada there was not yet a space agency. In An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth Chris Hadfield tells about his journey. After the Introduction appetizer, he has divided the book into three sections: Part 1 – Pre-Launch; Part 2 – Liftoff; Part 3 – Coming Down to Earth. Part 1 – Pre-Launch The Trip Takes a Lifetime Have an Attitude The Power of Negative Thinking Sweat the Small Stuff The Last People in the World What’s the Next Thing That Could Kill Me? Part 2 – Liftoff 7. Tranquility Base, Kazakhstan 8. How to Get Blasted (and Feel Good the Next Day) 9. Aim to Be a Zero 10. Life off Earth 11. Square Astronaut, Round Hole Part 3 – Coming Down to Earth 12. Soft Landings 13. Climbing Down the Ladder This is an exciting, interesting, incredible adventure told in an easy-to-read way. Chris Hadfield‘s humility and humour shine through as he shares what he has learned and accomplished both on and off Earth. What he had to do to realize his dream is daunting. What he shares about life is sound and inspiring. The paragraph that spoke to my heart is as follows: If you start thinking that only your biggest and shiniest moments count, you’re setting yourself up to feel like a failure most of the time. Personally, I’d rather feel good most of the time, so to me everything counts: the small moments, the medium ones, the successes that make the papers and also the ones that no one knows about but me. The challenge is avoiding being derailed by the big, shiny moments that turn other people’s heads. You have to figure out for yourself how to enjoy and celebrate them, and then move on. – Page 267, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth This book is thoroughly enjoyable. It is not only about travelling and living in Space, but also about his work as a fighter jet pilot when he lost several friends in flying accidents. In flowing conversational language he takes us all through the difficult journey that opened his way into NASA and eventually to commanding the space station where he conducted a record-setting number of scientific experiments. He also handled emergencies while in Space and became well-known for his activity on Twitter and his incredible photographs taken during his five-month stay on the space station he had helped build. If you enjoy non-fiction, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield is such a good book to spend time absorbing. The information he provides is riveting. Even if you aren’t sure about the genre I recommend you give this book a try. It is so worth it.
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dont bother I couldn't finish it, i thought the writing was terrible
Date published: 2014-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Astronaught's Guide To Life All Canadians should read this book. Chris Hadfield is and will become a legend in Canada's 21st Century…a remarkable and dedicated man.
Date published: 2014-05-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A True Canadian Hero Love Chris Hadfield, his humour and everything he did while up in space but found the book to be just "ok".....maybe because of all the hype and 5 star ratings I expected more. Regardless he's still a true Canadian hero!
Date published: 2014-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Primer for success in life and leadership! A lot of "declared" self-help books use positive thinking as their sole tool. This is an intelligently written but accessible book about goal setting, life strategy and leadership. It describes harnessing the powers of desire and restraint, of criticism, of positive AND negative thinking, of study and preparation for those who usually succeed easily, and of the value of humility in leadership roles to promote personal and team success. Did I mention he is an awesome Canadian and an astronaut?
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book eliminates the need for a "Self-Help" section in any bookstore. I'm being dramatic of course but not too far from the truth. Many books are quite motivating and inspiring, but are written by those who reached the success they promise you from the sales of the book you are reading. This is not that kind of book. Written by Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield, this book teaches you what it takes to become an Astronaut and go to space. But even more importantly, how to effectively reach your goals and the mindset needed to pretty much accomplish anything in life. After all, he's been to space more than once. If he thinks you can do it... It teasingly starts with him describing how he is trying to squeeze out of the shuttle to go on a spacewalk. You don't quite know what happens until later on. But it's a great hook that makes you want to keep reading. In less than three hundred pages he somehow succeeds in taking you through his journey as a Test Pilot all the way to being Commander of the International Space Station. And somewhere in-between, thanks to the help of hundreds of people, he also creates the first music video in space! In conclusion, this book is so well written, you feel as though you are going through the Astronaut program, feel the ups and the few downs and learn the coping strategies one needs in order to not only become an Astronaut, but a positive and happy human being. It will most likely inspire you to follow the path you feared but have wanted to walk on all your life. He puts life, the universe and everything into a brilliant perspective for all to understand and absorb.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing What a brilliant read. Fun, exciting and written in such a positive tone. Wish it was longer!
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic report What a true spirit and evolution
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great advice, interesting stories I received this book as a gift from my husband for a trip we were taking to Hawaii in November. It was a perfect beach read - interesting, and engaging. Chris Hadfield gives great advice and insight and he shares stories about what life is like for an astronaut. I think this book is close to perfect, I just wish there had been more pictures! Space is definitely becoming 'cool' again thanks to Commander Hadfield!
Date published: 2014-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Astronaut's Life. It gave me an insight in what you have to go through, to become accepted to be an Astronaut. Also I learned a great deal from the book about space and it's accomplishments in science.
Date published: 2014-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An astronaut's guide to life on Earth . Excellent. He writes with a sense of humour. I enjoyed the book.
Date published: 2013-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Down to Earth "Leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It's about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it... It's about laying the groundwork for others' success, and then standing back and letting them shine." -Chris Hadfield
Date published: 2013-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heather's Pick Chris Hadfield’s journey in An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth began when he was nine years old. Like so many kids who watched the moon landing, a young Chris dreamed of going into space, but he was the kid who had the intelligence, courage, and drive to make that dream come true. He’s now Commander Chris Hadfield, Canadian hero, and he’s made space travel exciting again for an entire planet. And, between launches, orbits, and Youtube videos, he’s somehow found the time to write a book so we can all share in the adventure. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth shows us the grit and determination needed to get into orbit, but also about the exhilaration and sheer fun of living off planet. From tweeting over Madagascar to playing guitar over the Arctic Ocean, this is the closest to being in space most of us will ever get. Want to know what it’s really like to be an astronaut? This is the book.
Date published: 2013-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great pictures and reading I have been following  chris  for many years   and well he  is a true  inspiration for  us  all A great  read  and   will be  shared  to many 
Date published: 2013-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I have ever read in my whole life. This book is the best book I have ever read in my whole life. Mr Hadfield is the nicest person you can ever find. He describes you, how an astronaut's journey is during his life time. This book has changed my view to life in general. At the end of the book, you want to be real friends with Chris. 
Date published: 2013-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a guide to life, a guide to parenting, and an inspiration in so many ways I have so many good things to say about this book I don't think they'll all fit into one review (for my full review, including my four-year-old's reaction to it, please visit my blog, Cozy Little Book Journal). Here's some of what I thought about the book: Chris Hadfield knew he wanted to be an astronaut when he was nine years old. In fact, he remembers the exact moment he knew. It was late in the evening on July 20, 1969. That's when his entire family, spending the summer in Stag Island, Ontario, "traipsed across the clearing" to their neighbour's cottage so they could crowd themselves in front of the television and watch the moon landing. "Somehow," he writes, "we felt as if we were up there with Neil Armstrong, changing the world." Hadfield writes about this early experience--and many, many of the other experiences that have led him to become the world's most recognized astronaut since Armstrong himself--in his new book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. I would have read this book a lot faster if I hadn't kept stopping every few pages to run out to tell my family what I'd just read. Magda didn't mind. She asked me to read aloud to her from the book every chance I got. At 4, I'd venture to say she knows more about space than most Canadians ten times her age, and we have Colonel Chris Hadfield to thank for that. His videos from space captured her imagination and mine. Thanks to him, Magda has spent the better part of the year learning everything she can about space exploration and astronauts, and has even composed several songs dedicated to female astronauts she admires ("Julie Payette Rocket" and "You are the Moon, I am the Sun [for Suni Williams]"). I feel like he's introduced us to space exploration in a way no one had before, and that he's introduced us to astronauts as real people. Of course, the internet has helped immensely with that, as has Hadfield's social media genius of a son, Evan. But thanks to them, our whole family knows names like Tom Marshburn, Roman Romanenko, Karen Nyberg, Kevin Ford and Luca Parmitano. Thanks to him, both my daughter and I have new heroes from all over the world. And that's a gift that Chris Hadfield has given to so many of us; he's renewed our sense of wonder. He's inspired us to look at space again in a way most of us hadn't in a long time. He's inspired us to be passionately curious and unabashedly compassionate. He's shown us--through his eyes--what exactly it looks like to all be connected in this world (and off it). He's reminded us what it looks like to be passionate, competent and sincere, without irony or cynicism. An Astronaut's Guide to Life really is a guide to life. Actually, it makes a pretty good guide to parenting too. Colonel Hadfield offers an insider's look into the life of an astronaut and the steps it takes to become one. It's deeply satisfying for those curious about the past, present and future of the space program, but it's also full of truly excellent advice for those with ambition in any field. He writes: "I never thought, 'If I don't make it as an astronaut, I'm a failure.' The script would have changed a lot if, instead, I'd moved up in the military or become a university professor or a commercial test pilot, but the result wouldn't have been a horror movie." I love that. I love the attitude that you don't have to "wait for your life to begin," as so many of us do (I know I have). You can start becoming the person you want to be right away, with the choices you make and the steps you take. And, most importantly, do the things that will make you happy along the way, whether or not you reach your end goal. And in fact the "end goal" may change many times but at least you'll be doing things you love. Most of the book is filled with fascinating stories about the life of an astronaut, including many that I had never heard before. He relates stories of things that have gone wrong in space, most of which are corrected and managed by the quick thinking of astronauts, cosmonauts and mission control. He talks about the sadness he and his wife felt upon hearing that his good friend Rick Husband had been killed aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. He explains the detailed "death plans" that all astronauts make before they go into space, deciding in detail exactly what would happen if they were killed in space (right down to who exactly would tell their family and who would accompany their spouse to the funeral). It's an inside look into an experience only around 500 people in history have ever had: preparing for and achieving space travel. I could say so much more about this book but I'm afraid it would just turn into me giving another page-by-page account of everything in it, much like I did with Magda and Mike all week. What I can say is that I was even more inspired by the book than I already was by Colonel Hadfield himself, which is pretty darn inspired.
Date published: 2013-10-28

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An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth

by Chris Hadfield

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.25 × 6.33 × 1.05 in

Published: October 29, 2013

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345812700

ISBN - 13: 9780345812704

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

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, Hadfield was selected by the Canadian Space Agency to be an astronaut in 1992. He was CAPCOM for 25 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 most recently 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.

Editorial Reviews

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   A Globe and Mail Best Book A Book Riot Best Book A Slate Best Book FINALIST 2013 – CBA Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award WINNER 2013 – CBA Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award    “Chris Hadfield is easily the world’s most famous living moustache-tronaut, having done more to promote the concept of off-Earth travel and exploration than anyone since William Shatner first stepped onto the bridge of the Enterprise …. The accounts of Hadfield’s three missions are riveting and fun, and easily communicate the shock and awe that comes with seeing the planet from above.” — Toronto Star   “I found his fascinating An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth even more enjoyable than I expected. Mr. Hadfield teaches us not only about space but about people, too. Equally autobiographical and instructional, the book goes gleefully against the grain of most ‘success’ books…. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth isn’t a compendium of hagiographic profiles; it’s a very human glimpse into a rarefied world. Bound together by a love of exploration and discovery, tested by tragic catastrophes and everyday hardship, the men and women Mr. Hadfield introduces us to are real people: They fail, they succeed, they worry, they miss their families, they go to space and do things never done before. The vacuum of space is unforgiving
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