An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth

October 29, 2013|
An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth by Chris Hadfield
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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.

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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,...

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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 o...
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Title:An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:320 pages, 9.28 X 6.31 X 1.1 in
Shipping dimensions:320 pages, 9.28 X 6.31 X 1.1 in
Published:October 29, 2013
Publisher:Random House of Canada
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780345812704

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