An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

Chris Hadfield

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 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, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ in space. The secret to Chris Hadfield's success – and survival – is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst – and enjoy every moment of it.

In his book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Chris 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 Colonel Hadfield. 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.

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Publication date: 29.01.2015
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm

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Publication date: 29.10.2013
Running time: 540 Minutes

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Publication date: 29.10.2013
Number of pages: 276
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Chris Hadfield's pictures of Earth from space

You'll never look at the UK in the same way again. All photos (c) Chris Hadfield and NASA.
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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth - hard-won wisdom that will help the astronaut and the earth-dweller alike.

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Chris Hadfield reads from his book

Get inside astronaut Chris Hadfield's head as he describes the thoughts and emotions he had the first time he went into space. Taken from the audiobook of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.

Chris Hadfield singing David Bowie's Space Oddity

In case you were wondering what happened to the stunning video of Commander Hadfield performing Space Oddity in space, here's the explanation: the song was only on a year's license from the musician and that year has passed.

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