Astronaut Chris Hadfield has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. A recent 144 days stint as commander of the International Space Station (ISS) saw him post hundreds of spectacular images to Twitter (@Cmdr_Hadfield) which earned him more than 1 million followers.
In addition to still images, Hadfield interacted with students from the ISS on subjects as mundane as How to Wash Your Hands in Space and How to Make a Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich in Space and his Space Oddity cover of the David Bowie song has been viewed on YouTube nearly 20 millions times.
Hadfield retired in June 2013 after more than two decades as an astronaut.
He has since released his book: “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.”
The subtitle of Hadfield’s book says it all: “What going to space taught me about ingenuity, determination, and being prepared for anything.”
The book consists of 13 chapters collected into parts appropriately labeled “Pre-Launch,” “Lift-Off,” and “Coming Down to Earth.”
From the book’s dustcover: “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.”
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth is available in print and digitally from the usual retailers…