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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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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth was definitely one of the more interesting and compelling memoir of sorts that I've read which proffered valuable life lessons. The night before we launched, we gave ourselves an enema, followed , after a suitable interval, by another one. It’s the ultimate room with a view, but highly functional, too: its command and control workstations enable astronauts to guide operations outside the Station, including controlling the robotic arm. 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! Until 2010, water on the ISS came in large, lined duffel bags delivered by the Shuttle or resupply vehicles, but now an onboard purification system helps us reclaim about 1,600 gallons a year.

But his vivid and refreshing insights in this book will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will completely change the way you view life on Earth – especially your own. The environment is also highly competitive, without the competition ever being explicitly acknowledged. 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. 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.Chris narrates the audiobook, and he made his book sound like a story he was telling to a friend, riddled with emotional moments, as well as funny ones. Hadfield served as Commander of the International Space Station where, while conducting a record-setting number of scientific experiments and overseeing an emergency spacewalk, he gained worldwide acclaim for his breathtaking photographs and educational videos about life in space. His music video, a zero-gravity version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," has nearly 50 million views, and his TED talk on fear has been viewed over 10 million times. 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. That’s why there’s Velcro on the back of just about every imaginable item: so it will stay put on a Velcro wall.

Sure it's cool and stuff that he's an astronaut but at the end of the day it's just a job and your paid to do it. 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. Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. In his book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Chris Hadfield takes listeners deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. He does tell us a great deal but, like Horizon programmes, it could all have been said in less time.One of the great strengths of the book is the author himself who is an immensely likeable man with an attitude that everything is a learning experience. There’s a lot of sticky stuff like oatmeal, pudding and cooked spinach, because it clumps and is therefore easier to trap on a spoon and get into your mouth without having to chase it all over the place. In fact, it isn’t over: every flight is followed by months of rehabilitation, medical testing and exhaustive debriefing with everyone from the top administration at NASA to the people who resupply the ISS. Instead of visualizing victory, astronauts prepare for the worst; always sweat the small stuff; and do care what others think. Some people feel this is like shooting themselves in the foot – why aid someone else in creating a competitive advantage?

He shows more of his philosophy in regards to manners later on in the book, where he explains the difference between a 'Plus One', 'Zero' and 'Minus One' type of person. His description of the views from space are almost poetic, indicating that his skills surpass the realm of science and qualify him as a true author. By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. But most of the book is about his life on Earth, and the lessons that we can all draw from his experiences.There was advice sprinkled throughout, but it was really from his standpoint as an astronaut rather than telling the reader how to live their life on Earth.

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