Review: An Astronaut's Guide to Life On Earth

As a space geek, I was thrilled by this book. I probably watched Chris Hadfield's videos (as well as most other videos) from the ISS a few dozen times each. I'm enthralled by the remote (very remote) possibility that I might go to space and experience that thrill. I imagined myself being in Chris' shoes through every part of his long and difficult journey. Though he tells us about the difficulties that come with being an astronaut, he still shows that the impossible isn't so far out of reach. He emphasizes multiple times that when he was a kid, Canada didn't even have a space program! So technically what he did was impossible to his childhood self.

The book gives you a deeper insight into what it takes to be an astronaut, even if that means stepping down from the limelight and doing grunt work (like cleaning the space toilet). If you are even remotely interested in space and how humanity can launch itself into orbit, I highly recommend this book. If you think it's easy, you should read this to see just how much effort is put into space exploration. If you think it's pointless, Hadfield makes some pretty good arguments of why it's important. If you think it's impossible for you to do it no matter how much you want to, he shows you that enough perseverance can let you do anything.

Written on August 6, 2014