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Description: An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth : Hardback : Little, Brown & Company : 9780316253017 : 0316253014 : 29 Oct 2013 : Hadfield takes readers into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. He developed an unconventional philosophy at NASA: Prepare for the worst-- and enjoy every moment of it. By thinking like an astronaut, you can change the way you view life on Earth--especially your own. The Book Depository An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Review: From the opening paragraph I was hooked and remained transfixed throughout this book. … My only regret is that it had to end! This is a completely fascinating life story told in such an engaging way that it becomes a gift for one’s own life! 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. As an disabled artist who had the privilege of being asked to speak at NASA Houston (on ‘that’ stage, Ie that one sees press conferences and award ceremonies being delivered from!), had had discussions about filming a new aspect of the artwork in the neutral buoyancy lab and is now a flexwing pilot, the challenges of that journey have been extreme; particularly when finding a way through other’s preconceptions of what they consider ‘impossible’ in order to create a space were the imagery planned ‘becomes possible’. Working underwater and then in the air has at times been life threatening. But since 2014, having read this book has made that journey distinctly easier through the insights it gives into how very much more extreme challenges can be! Through Chris Hadflield demonstrating how persistence and resilience really can make the impossible possible and through being inspired by the grace, consideration and intelligence that comes across at every point in his writing, my life has been enhanced. I picked this book up because of plans to create a triptych of imagery from underwater, up in the air and then out into space (with the unique ‘vehicle’ that I work with) so had developed an interest in all things space related; especially after having the privilege of meeting the team at Houston, standing looking down at a live mission control and visiting the Neutral Buoyancy Lab there. I picked this book up for insights and information into that world and put it down changed for life!

 

Author: Arthur Dent

Rating: 3

Review: Having read another Chris Hadfield book - The Apollo Murders - and enjoyed it, I had a go with this book that gives a “behind the scenes” view of what it takes to be an astronaut. What I took away from reading this book is that it is mainly about Cmdr Hadfield telling us, repeatedly, and with numerous examples how good he is. Cutting out the (needless repetition) would easily cut the length of the book in half. Suffice it to say, I did really enjoy it.

 

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