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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

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Chris Hadfield

8 Hours 47 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

October 2013

Audio Book Summary

As Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield captivated the world with stunning photos and commentary from space. Now, reading from his first book, Chris takes listeners deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible.

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?

With humour, humility and a profound optimism for the future of space exploration, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth offers listeners 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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  • Donald Jackson

    Wonderful! I have this book and have read it a few times which I thoroughly enjoyed. Listening to Mr. Hadfield narrate the book gave me a more complete understanding. The expession and tone in his voice gave a far more insightful notion as to how he felt about his various experiences.

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  • Dave Meaden

    This book contains everything you ever wanted to know about what it's like to be an astronaut, and the journey getting there. Chris Hadfield is extremely inspiring, describing how we can learn about life, and how to approach the challenges we face with a positive attitude. Plus Chris's calm and clear narration is a bonus. I highly recommend this book.

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  • julia baratto

    an inside look at an astronauts life that is inspirational, motivational and applicable to all walks of life

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