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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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In post-flight quarantine, in fact, Tom and I tottered around like two old duffers, getting a preview of what life might be like if we made it to 90. It is about laying the groundwork for others' success, and then standing back and letting them shine. Occasionally his philosophy can be a little shallow, assuming that everything in life will turn out for the best (well, DUH, if it didn't you wouldn't have become an astronaut! Hadfield has done more than probably any astronaut since the Apollo missions to transform the image of space exploration .

This again is not self-help, it's because every single thing that happens in space has to be dealt with with only the resources and training of the men aboard. In fact, it isn’t over: every flight is followed by months of rehabilitation, medical testing and exhaustive debriefing with everyone from the top administration at NASA to the people who resupply the ISS.And as my vestibular system adapted during our day of downtime, I started to be able to look out the window for longer and longer periods of time. I’m never going to be required to go there, nor do I intend to ever pursue a career in the sky, but for some reason, even looking up into the sky for too long and thinking about going to space or watching a movie about space travel gives me anxiety. Instead, Hadfield describes his accomplishments unemotionally and without a lot of insight - other than "work hard and dream big! It takes a few years to instill the ability to work in a team productively and cheerfully in tough conditions into wildly competitive people.

Dotted between the stories of Chris' years working at NASA are wonderful insights into behavior such as how to take criticism, how to learn not to worry and plan instead, how to constructively think negatively, how to keep yourself inspired and set and achieve goals. The spine lengthens as the little sacs of fluid between the vertebrae expand, and bone mass decreases as the body sheds calcium. Just kind of person you want to be one if the pioneers a stand out from our time though I would guess he would disagree.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.

Chris Hadfield loves his life, check him out on YouTube if you are unsure, and I found his book to be fascinating, informative and thought provoking. I've just been out, to a beach club with some local music and changed my mind to come home and listen to it. The majority of the food on board is dehydrated, so again, you just inject hot or cold water directly into the packages using a kind of needle, then cut open the packages and dig in.The secret to Chris Hadfield's success – and survival – is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst – and enjoy every moment of it. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. On our way home we jettison the other two: the service module, which houses the instruments and engines, and the orbital module, which provides additional living space once we are on orbit. You practice tricky, repetitive tasks as well as highly challenging ones to the point of exhaustion, and you’re away from home more than half the time.

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