An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth Paperback – Unabridged, 29 Jan 2015
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Houston, we have a superstar (Washington Post)
Hadfield has done more than probably any astronaut since the Apollo missions to transform the image of space exploration . . . Space has rarely seemed to close, or the world so astonishing (Daily Telegraph)
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality.See all Product description
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The book is about the romanticized reflections of a person who has been an astronaut for many years and has spent a decent amount of time in space, along with some doses of truth with regards to responsibility and sacrifices that need to be made along the way to get there. Therefore, do not expect to read about technical descriptions and engineering insight and specification about spacecrafts.
If you are a young person who is interested in space, who is interested in a career in aerospace industry and want to get a basic insight, this is a good starting point to see whether the descriptions and stories of Chris Hadfield inspire any interest within you.
Hadfield is entertaining in his views on the space community. And it is a community, brought together and maintained by those involved in all the many disciplines needed to get people out there. He has a light touch, whether writing about his fellow-astronauts, the 'rear echelon' people who get the machinery into space or those who train and sustain them. He writes about the strains on his family, the dangers of becoming obsessive his job, and the ways in which they react to his absence.
All in all, his book is a new look at the whole process of International Space Station Life. The technical aspects are described in enough detail to help us understand them. The impact on all of the people involved are honestly described, without stooping to a scandal-hunting paparazzi view. It certainly helped me to understand the whole aspect of space work on one man. And he stresses that he's not a hero, just another 'guy-next-door' Canadian doing his best to do his job. All through the book, he says that he's doing a job he's been trained for. That's not mock-modesty, Hadfield's whole approach to life, the universe and everything (Sorry; I couldn't help that).
I will read Hadfield's book again and again. I'm as sure of that as I am that it's worth re-reading many times.