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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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Travel to space and back with astronaut Chris Hadfield's "enthralling" bestseller as your eye-opening guide ( Slate ).

What follows is a wild 54-minute tumble to Earth that feels more or less like 15 explosions followed by a car crash.Unlike the Shuttle, which was powered by fuel cells, the Soyuz is solar-powered; to keep its solar arrays pointed at the sun, the vehicle spins like a chicken on a rotisserie barbecue.

Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow, and the day after that. But his vivid and refreshing insights in this book will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth – especially your own. Update There is a PBS documentary, premiered March 2nd, A Year in Space about Scott Kelly's marathon space adventure which just ended. This book perfectly captures the grandeur of being in space—a place where so few people have been—but then being able to relate the experience to things the readers may understand.This would have done his story far more justice, rather than deliver what feels like a rush job to simply capitalize on his Rock Star status. We hear so much about the weirdness of loss of gravity - but this is the first time I'd heard about the weirdness of getting gravity back. Later, you hang the towel on a clip so the moisture is absorbed back into the air and, along with urine, can be recycled as water. It is about laying the groundwork for others' success, and then standing back and letting them shine.

For some astronauts, the transition is relatively painless - a relief, even, after decades of solitary striving. For the last few years the Mars rovers have been the sexy at NASA with the demise of the shuttle, the hitchhiking on Russian craft, oh and that psycho cross-country drive diaper caper really doing a number on NASA astronaut public image. He speaks humbly to an almost infuriating degree - at times I found myself wishing he'd get on with acknowledging how awesome at everything he had to be to end up where he did.This education is not in the form of "do this like I did and you will be a more successful person," but more "this is how I became an astronaut and this is how astronauts approach their work. I have never been one to dream about space or being an astronaut, so approached it with an open mind. With burning curiosity, I had to check out the YouTube videos of his life on the International Space Station, and they're fascinating.

Since first reading it in 2014 I have bought multiple copies for others, and have found that I often quote the concept of being a +1 that Chris Hadfield discussed in this book.

Once I found out he was publishing a book, I knew I would have to read it, and I assumed I would enjoy it as much as I have his other exploits. Dotted between the stories of Chris' years working at NASA are wonderful insights into behavior such as how to take criticism, how to learn not to worry and plan instead, how to constructively think negatively, how to keep yourself inspired and set and achieve goals. There was a lot of explanation of the crafts and procedures they do while on board, but it was actually fascinating rather than laborious to read about. I was completely captured by his photos from space on Twitter, his videos about life on the International Space Station, and his uncanny ability to make space travel cool again. Hadfield takes readers on a fascinating and exciting journey while offering insightful-if somewhat unconventional -- wisdom applicable to everyday life here on Earth.

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