Review: An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

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Book: An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth

Author: Chris Hadfield

Edition Published: 2015

By: Pan Books

Goodreads Description: 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.

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Rating: /5

Chris Hadfield is an inspirational person. No, an inspirational astronaut. And more. He has spent nearly 4000 hours in space, broken into the International Space Station using a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while flying a plane and been temporarily blinded while clinging to a moving spacecraft, by cleaning solution.

He has many ways to view life, and coping strategies, all come from Space. Well, from his experiences in it anyway.

We keep up to eight cameras in the Cupula, which is a photographer’s paradise, particularly compared to the small potholes elsewhere on Station. The brilliant orange hues of the Sahara, the blurry smear of smog over Beijing – even I felt the need to pick up a camera and try to capture these sights. My first full day on Station, I grabbed a camera with a 400mm long lens, hoping that someone else had already done the settings, since I didn’t know how, and just started taking photos. It was like looking at the world through a straw: you could fit all of the Chicago into a picture but not all of the Great Lakes.

An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth is not just an autobiography, even just reading it is an experience. The book is a written account of Chris Hadfield’s life. Well, maybe not his complete life, but his passion.

That’s the main reasons this book is so good. This is Chris Hadfield’s passion, written down in words. And not just words, but the perfect combination of them. I just love how Chris’s admiration for Earth and beyond shines through in his writing, continuously. His personality is admirable in itself, and his determination is impressive. Chris’s experiences off Earth really reflect his life ON it, and I love that. Every little thing, every way he applies himself to missions, everyday ones and spending time in space, he uses for other aspects of life.

He is an extremely inspirational person, and definitely one I look up to. Not because I want to be an astronaut, a musician, an author or any of the other spectacular things Chris is, but simply because he is amazing.

Chris Hadfield, you must be one of the most unique, inspirational people in this world. The way you think is truly how many people in this world SHOULD think.

Basically, if there were more people like you, this world would be a much better place.


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