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: What Going to Space Taught Me about Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything

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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Instead, Hadfield describes his accomplishments unemotionally and without a lot of insight - other than "work hard and dream big! And in his particular distillation of 'success, ' he is wonderfully counterintuitive in his interpretation of common sense. Other anatomical changes associated with long-duration space flight are definitely negative: the immune system weakens, the heart shrinks because it doesn’t have to strain against gravity, eyesight tends to degrade, sometimes markedly (no one’s exactly sure why yet). I started this book just because I needed an audiobook to listen to as I got ready in the morning and drove to work, and this one was available.

The secret to Chris Hadfield's success - and survival - is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst - and enjoy every moment of it. I also appreciated the writing about the impact his choice of career had on his family, it's covered in a powerful and reflective, but never sappy way. I'm proud to say I did pretty well on that test, by cramming video editing lessons the night before from a Russian language site. Hadfield takes readers on a fascinating and exciting journey while offering insightful-if somewhat unconventional -- wisdom applicable to everyday life here on Earth. A startlingly intimate and warmhearted view of an arcane world, one which he makes plain even to those not educated in fields of scientific inquiry.While this did not feel like my finest hour in space exploration, it was definitely preferable to soiling my diaper the next day.

Much to my delight, it was also an enlightening and enjoyable read/listen that I will recommend to anyone who loves real-life stories of dedication and commitment, which has its just rewards. 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. I've always been fascinated by space and hearing stories from someone who's been there is just amazing. It's much more than a narrative of his journey into space (although everything he does tell us about space is fascinating and even exciting), it explores his philosophy for life in general and gives much food for thought. 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.I usually give my bedtime reads a perfunctory paragraph review, but I had to do a proper review for this one.



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