The book is not actually a guide-to-life success-path type of book. It's more of a memoir/autobiography; a thorough insight into the ups and downs of becoming and being an astronaut and a collection of lessons and experiences that you can (or not) incorporate into your own daily life, hence the title.
Author Chris Hadfield stands out for many reasons, which enrich this book so much: he's been to space three times, in 1995, 2001 and 2012; been aboard the Russian Space Station Mir as well as the International Space Station; flown in the Space Shuttle twice and in the Russian Soyuz; was NASA's Chief CAPCOM (the voice of mission control to astronauts in orbit) for 25 Space Shuttle missions; broken into a space station with a Swiss army knife; disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane; been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft; and made the first ever music video in space.
If you're into everything space related, you'll love the level of detail the author goes into, describing all the preparation he went through and the experiences he lived, sheding light on details about the physical changes the body goes through during and after space travel. As you read through you realize how incredibly well prepared this human beings are and how intense their training is, to the point where countless hours go into training in simulators for emergency situations that generally end up not happening.
You'll get a wider view on the amount of sciene and technology involved in the space industry and what an innovative and ground breaking area it is for human development, as well as the importance of keeping and growing space programs to continue to fuel human space exploration.
Something that struck me was how life changing it was for Chris to see Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon for the first time in human history when he was only 9 years old. From that moment on, he knew he wanted to be an astronaut, and he did everything he could to become one. 50 years later, space exploration is reaching another golden era, where there's lots of companies, governments and individuals getting involved and technology is advancing at an incredible rate so I can't help but wonder how this events are striking peoples lives nowadays. I remember watching live as SpaceX landed two rockets at the same time and, damn, that was awesome.
What will happen when NASA's Artemis program lands the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024? How will that impact future and current generations? Hell, what about when humans first land on Mars? Can you imagine the whole world watching live as that happens? It's definitely an exciting time to be alive.
"An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" feels like stepping in an astronauts body and mind, and it's incredibly eye-opening for us earthly beings.
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