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

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Little, Brown, Oct 29, 2013 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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Colonel 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. The secret to Col. Hadfield's success-and survival-is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst-and enjoy every moment of it.

In An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Col. 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 counterintuitive 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 Col. Hadfield. But 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.
 

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User Review  - trile1000 - LibraryThing

When I was little, I always wanted to be an astronaut. I always wondered what it would take, what was necessary to become one. I never followed through with my dream, but this book was a good glimpse ... Read full review

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User Review  - Fergster73 - LibraryThing

Quite the enjoyable read. As interesting for the tales of life as an astronaut as it is for the simple, humble philosophy by which Hadfield has lived his life. Read full review

Contents

Mission Impossible
The Trip Takes a Lifetime 2 Have an Attitude
The Power of Negative Thinking
Sweat the Small Stuff
The Last People in the World
Whats the Next Thing That Could Kill
Tranquility Base Kazakhstan
How to Get Blasted and Feel Good the Next Day
Life off Earth
Square Astronaut Round Hole
COMING DOWN TO EARTH
Acknowledgments
Photos
Reading Group Guide
Newsletters
Copyright

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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 six months (his third trip). 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.

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