Book Review: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth


Author: Chris Hadfield

Pages: 304

Synopsis: 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.

Rating: 4/5

My review:

I was recommended to read this book by one of my friends because she told me it was a really interesting read and take on learning what an astronaut does. What you can expect from this book is a man who is capable of understanding one of the few life lessons many of us will never learn in our life time. And it’s the fact that you have to find joy in what you do and not hold your self-worth to what you didn’t accomplish but would have loved to.

In short, Chris Hadfield is a humble, intelligent, and super hardworking man that loves his life and lives his life to the fullest. He’s a team player and a man you want to be your friend. His way of describing space is extraordinary. He captures your attention, bringing you into space for a brief moment of time before you flip the page.

What you can also expect from this book is a life story. You learn all his struggles of becoming an astronaut and you’re always wondering if people like him really exist. Strong capable people who are smart and who are such perfectionists or achievers that set their mind on goals and do everything in their capability to reach it. For me, it’s unbelievable. Chris’s dedication to becoming an astronaut is something admirable. I respect him greatly.


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