Review of Chris Hadfield’s: An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth

Review of An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth by Chris Hadfield

Although this book has been out since 2013 I only just read it.

I am always looking for a story that is motivational, not because it tells me what I want to hear but because it’s real.  An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth is about perseverance but also to remember your family and friends, even when you’re out in space.

By talking about the lessons he learned to become an astronaut Chris Hadfield makes it clear his wife Helene played a major role in his success.  Helene encouraged him but also grounded him, reminding him of the sacrifices she and their family made, and reminding him to include them.  Throughout the book Chris shows his mistakes, his successes and the absolute importance of being a team player, whether as leader or co-pilot.

One of his major points is being a square trying to fit into a round hole.  His approach to becoming an astronaut was to become an Air Force pilot and mechanical engineer all the while knowing it would be next to impossible to go into space.  What I enjoyed throughout the book was that he constantly learned and went on the basis of that if the square can’t get through the circle, that he doesn’t become an astronaut, he has his pilot and engineering skills to fall back on.  He didn’t put all his eggs into one basket.

He talks about sweating the small stuff.  He points out that as an astronaut, if you don’t sweat the small stuff (haven’t prepared by going over all the finer details) you could kill yourself and your crew mates.

Encouraging others and being encouraged is a theme he mentions continuously.  He talks about the importance of “investing in other people’s success doesn’t just make them more likely to enjoy working with me.  It also improves my own chances of survival and success.”

He makes it clear how important team work is “No astronaut, no matter how brilliant or brave, is a solo act.  Our expertise is the result of the training provided by thousands of experts around the world, and the support provided by thousands of technicians in five different space agencies.”

Singing David Bowie’s Space Oddity on the International Space Station was his son Evan’s idea.  An idea that has a lot of children now interested in space.  As Chris Hadfield mentions in his book, spaceflight isn’t just about looking away from the Earth but at it.  Satellites allow for communication, the ability to study weather and pollution patterns.  To find things that might not otherwise be able to be found such as planes that need to make emergency landings or boats lost at sea. 

In conclusion this is a fantastic book.  I have not added page numbers to the quotes I used because I want you to read the book yourself.


ACHEBE:  The third book of the Children of the Myth Machine series
ACHEBE: The third book of the Children of the Myth Machine series Model: Gloria Antwi  Design Background star photo: Ethan Watt Photo of Achebe: Dan Watt

ACHEBE and her husband were once a part of the CINN, a group made up of Earth’s richest individuals. When Achebe and her husband found out the CINN were involved with using the Children of the Myth Machines to create slaves and gladiators they joined the draoi ársa. Now Achebe is imprisoned on the dead world Sårad Värld. So far she has refused to tell the Cinn where the other Children of Myth Machines are. Or where the mystical reliquia viviente is.

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Book Review of “An Earthling Guide To Outer Space” by Bob McDonald

Astrophysics can be complicated with astronomical formulas to determine distance, speed, mass, gravity and much more.   If you want to know how formulas were used to prove theories in astrophysics you can purchase: On the Shoulders of Giants: The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy edited and with commentary by the British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.

On The Shoulders of Giants edited by Stephen Hawking

If you want an overview of space exploration that gives simple experiments to grasp the concepts without the formulas:  An Earthing’s Guide To Outer Space by Bob McDonald is excellent!

Bob McDonald hosts CBC’s Quirks and Quarks

Outer Space with Bob McDonald

It’s an easy and good read that talks about how space travel came about, what it’s like to blast off in a rocket and live on a space station, and the effects living space has on the body.  He also talks about planet movement, event horizons, and what the sun is made of.  I’ve simplified what’s in the book so you can enjoy what I haven’t mentioned.