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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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In zero gravity, there’s no need for a mattress or pillow; you already feel like you’re resting on a cloud, perfectly supported, so there’s no tossing and turning to find a more comfortable position. In addition to providing irresistible descriptions of his work, the book--which has been translated into 20 languages--also acts as a self-help guide, with Hadfield offering practical applications to what he has learned over the years. Depending on your outlook on things, this book will either make you feel like you have lived a vastly underwhelming and underachieving sort of life, full of these lost opportunities, these missed chances. and none of them really provided the kind of practical words of wisdom that I could actually swallow and try to live by.

It felt like I was reading the same thing over and over again, I spent the whole time wishing there would be a climax but there never was one. It requires special equipment: a stationary bike the astronauts clip their shoes into so they don’t float away, and a treadmill with a harness contraption that pulls them down so they run on the moving track rather than through thin air. It is so refreshing to read about Hadfield's lifelong dedication and commitment to achieve his boyhood aspirations. If there's one type of videos on YouTube that I can never get enough of, it's space themed videos about performing simple everyday life tasks in space.Chris Hadfield gives an absorbing and detailed account of the process of becoming an astronaut and the practicalities of being in space.

The night before we launched, we gave ourselves an enema, followed , after a suitable interval, by another one. I knew they slept in hanging sleeping bags but I didn't know their arms were free and as they slept their arms would drift up and wave around, along with their hair.Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction.

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. 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. He explains so many intriguing approaches to every day life, things that make you reconsider the way you do your own job or interact with others.While this did not feel like my finest hour in space exploration, it was definitely preferable to soiling my diaper the next day. I was completely captured by his photos from space on Twitter, his videos about life on the International Space Station, and his uncanny ability to make space travel cool again. 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. No physical strength is required in space and the training on Earth is obviously quite achievable for women as there are female astronauts. Astronaut Candidates (ASCANs, pronounced exactly as you might imagine) are being evaluated and compared on everything they do - everything - and space flight assignments are based on how well they perform.

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