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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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As an disabled artist who had the privilege of being asked to speak at NASA Houston (on ‘that’ stage, Ie that one sees press conferences and award ceremonies being delivered from! The majority of this book is Chris explaining how well trained astronauts are and the way he became an astronaut. Or what zero gravity can do to your body, going to the bathroom in the space station, or preparing to leave from Russia.

Travel to space and back with astronaut Chris Hadfield's "enthralling" bestseller as your eye-opening guide ( Slate ). 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. There’s a critical moment during the burn when there’s no turning back; they’ve decelerated so much that they’re committed to falling into the atmosphere.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. 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.

For me, the takeaway from all my survival training is that the key question to ask when you’re part of a team, whether on Earth or in Space, is, ‘How can I help us get where we need to go? It’s the ultimate room with a view, but highly functional, too: its command and control workstations enable astronauts to guide operations outside the Station, including controlling the robotic arm. I photographed all the locations and interviewed the people I thought likely to be mentioned in the book, and even though the majority of them weren't mentioned, it felt good knowing that no matter the anecdote, I was prepared for it.So when they encounter a new problem, they need to think of the future and how their experience could help future astronauts deal with a similar situation. Listening to this grips you from start to finish, an all round humbling experience that is made all the better with Chris himself being the reader. I picked this book up for insights and information into that world and put it down changed for life! Instead of visualizing victory, astronauts prepare for the worst; always sweat the small stuff; and do care what others think. With burning curiosity, I had to check out the YouTube videos of his life on the International Space Station, and they're fascinating.

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