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An astronaut's guide to life on Earth

Chris Hadfield (Author)
Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 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
eBook, English, 2013
Macmillan, London, 2013
1 online resource (336 pages)
9781447257127, 9781743516775, 144725712X, 1743516770
1. The Trip Takes a Lifetime
2. Have an Attitude
3. The Power of Negative Thinking
4. Sweat the Small Stuff
5. The Last People in the World
6. What's the Next Thing That Could Kill Me?
7. Tranquility Base, Kazakhstan
8. How to Get Blasted (and Feel Good the Next Day)
9. Aim to Be a Zero
10. Life off Earth
11. Square Astronaut, Round Hole
12. Soft Landings
13. Climbing Down the Ladder