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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Hadfield Narrator: Chris Hadfield Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2013 ISBN: 9780804193887
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Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly four thousand 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Houston, we have a superstar.”

    Washington Post

  • “A media phenomenon.”


  • “Hadfield is a pretty cool dude…Pretty smart, too.”

    Business Insider

  • “Hadfield has mastered the skills necessary to get the job done.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Space’s first rock star.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • “Chris Hadfield redefined the public perception of the ice cold spaceman.”

    Guardian (London)

  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
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About the Author

Chris Hadfield is one of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in the world. He returned to Earth after serving as commander of the International Space Station, where he and his crew lived for six months. The top graduate of the US Air Force test pilot school in 1988 and US Navy test pilot of the year in 1991, he was selected to be an astronaut in 1992. He served as director of NASA Operations in Star City, Russia, from 2001 to 2003; chief of robotics at the Johnson Space Center in Houston from 2003 to 2006; and chief of International Space Station Operations in Houston from 2006 to 2008. He frequently speaks to audiences throughout the US and Canada about space exploration and science education.