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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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Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction.

When there’s no force pulling sweat downward, it just accumulates on your body like a slowly expanding liquid shield.A lot of what happens to the human body in space is really similar to what happens during the aging process. 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! This is one of those books that makes you look internally at yourself and your life and question if you’re living it the way you should.

Whining is the antithesis of expeditionary behaviour, which is all about rallying the troops around a common goal. You might never be able to build a robot, pilot a spacecraft, make a music video or perform basic surgery in zero gravity like Colonel Hadfield.This advise made more practical sense than any quote I have seen attributed to the Dalai Lama or some such. That’s why there’s Velcro on the back of just about every imaginable item: so it will stay put on a Velcro wall. Fulfilling this lifelong dream required intense focus, natural ability and a singular commitment to “thinking like an astronaut. In space, if you don’t hang on to them, things like spoons, pencils, scissors and test tubes simply drift away, only to turn up a week later, clinging to the filter covering an air intake duct. I don’t think that what I’ve experienced is anything new; there are scores of others who likely experience the same problem every day: working on a team where not everybody pulls their weight and you’re stuck being viewed as an equal to someone who continually slacks off and takes the credit for things you may have had to help them out with.

In reality, a lot of that space is taken up by cargo and gear that’s been lashed down and secured for launch. It felt like I was reading the same thing over and over again, I spent the whole time wishing there would be a climax but there never was one. 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?Chris does a great job of painting a picture of what it is like on a day in the life of the International Space Station.

Hadfield was an incredibly successful fighter pilot and then test pilot, with a degree in mathematical engineering, before being considered for astronaut training.It is about seeing other astronauts "cut in line" in front of you, and helping them in their projects and prospects.

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