I listened to the book on CD. It was read by Chris Hadfield himself. At first I thought that a voice actor would have done a better job. But it's really a memoir, so his own reading adds more to the authenticity and lends more credibility.
I swore off motivational self-help books a long time ago. I wasn't expecting this book to be one. But the amount of effort it takes one person to become an astronaut inevitably makes the story a motivational one. In a way it's more effective to sell me those things by an astronaut. It makes me believe that it's part of science and the advancement in humankind. Most of the work of an astronaut takes place on Earth. An astronaut has to be equally good at fixing a robot arm and the toilet. Being competent is the basic requirement and the one of the most useful qualities in them. Nothing is too trivial to be important. Sweating the small stuff will eventually add up. I think I'll complain less about having to assemble my furniture and fixing the toilets from now on....Continua
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Read from October 26 to November 01, 2013
BBC BLURB: Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, been confronted by a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's Space Oddity in space.
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.
Reader: Garrick Hagon
Abridged and produced by Jill Waters A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.
1. Aged nine, Chris watches the Apollo moon landing and decides he wants to be an astronaut.
2. What does it feel like to go to space for the first time? Chris Hadfield recalls his first flight in 1995.
3. Preparation and 'sweating the small stuff' are crucial to staying alive. Astronauts are taught to constantly ask, 'What is the next thing that is going to kill me?'
4. Chris Hadfield spends five months on the International Space Station and, in between the scientific experiments, he spends as much time as he can looking out of the window.
5.Chris Hadfield comes back to earth with a bump, and discovers that he has become a YouTube and internet sensation.
Space Oddity - Chris Hadfield, Space Station Commander Did you notice the Startrek-ish t-shirt....Continua