An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

We all have big dreams growing up. We wanted to be vets or teachers or doctors. Chris Hadfield wanted to be an astronaut since watching the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Through years of hard work, Chris made it to the International Space Station with his guitar and become an internet star playing Space Oddity. This book is part biography, part advice and part space anecdotes.

First, the biography, Hadfield talks about his many years in the military, signing up to anything that would give him the edge. Fighter pilot, test pilot, engineering, aviation systems, Hadfield did it all. Thankfully, his family were extremely supportive, they wanted him to live his childhood dream. Unfortunately, there was a lot of moving and long absences from his children. He came close to giving up and they wouldn’t let him.

This is where the advice elements of the book comes in. He’s honest about the struggles and how to overcome that. Becoming an astronaut was Hadfield’s dream, but his determination is infectious and can be applied to any dream. The author is also hilarious, his anecdotes are better than your anecdotes because they happen in space. You thought cutting your toenails was awkward, try doing it in near zero gravity and the clippings end up in an air vent. This book will have you falling in love with space all over again and think about your own childhood dreams.