An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

What Going to Space Taught Me about Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything

By Chris Hadfield
(Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316253017, 304pp.)

Publication Date: October 29, 2013

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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.




About the Author
Chris has a decade of experience as an Automotive Technology instructor at secondary and post-secondary schools, including department chair and program coordinator positions. Before teaching, Chris was a master certified automotive technician working for a GM dealership, an independent, a retail store, and owning his own business. Chris has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Automotive Engineering Technology, with a minor in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Minnesota State University Mankato and he has a Master's of Education degree in Community College Teaching and Learning from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Providing a rare combination of high school and college teaching expertise, along with hands-on experience from the shop, Mr. Hadfield lends his critical eye to a variety of Delmar-Cengage Learning automotive publications, including Today's Technician: Basic Automotive Service & Systems and Automotive Service Job Sheets for NATEF Task Mastery. Mr. Hadfield holds an EdM from University of Illinois and a BS in Automotive Engineering Technology from Minnesota State University. He is also ASE Master Certified and ASE L1 Advanced Engine Performance Certified.


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Friday, Oct 17, 2014

The former International Space Station commander achieved Internet stardom with his in-space rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." His new book is An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. More at NPR.org

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Friday, Nov 1, 2013

Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield, author of the new book An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, has flown three space missions, including 144 days on the International Space Station. Hadfield talks about life in zero gravity, his one fear while in orbit, and how he went from test pilot to astronaut. More at NPR.org

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