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Review: Chris Hadfield – An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

WP_20150504_10_11_26_ProI’ve been very intrigued by this book since I first saw it in hardback on one of my many trips to Waterstones, but with my ever-growing pile of books to read, I’ve never got around to buying it. But I figured it was about time to learn a little more about space and what it’s like to be an astronaut.

It’s something you think about when you’re a child; how cool it would be to go to space. But as an adult (or at least me as an adult), you just think about how scary it must be to do something like that. But you never really think about how hard it is to actually become an astronaut, how much training and dedication is involved before you even get remotely close to being able to go into space.

But Chris Hadfield knows all too well, and in this brilliantly written book, he gives us an insight into his world. He’s flown on both the American space shuttle and the Russian Soyuz capsule and even helped to build the ISS. Pretty cool, right?

I learnt many things while reading this book, like I didn’t realise how ‘new’ the International Space Station was, less than 20 years. I’d always figured it had been up there for ages. And of course, we learn the things that everyone wonders, like how do you pee in space?

If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I definitely would. Funny, insightful and inspiring, I’d recommend this to absolutely everyone, in fact, I’ve just given it to Cameron so that he can read it straight away!

5/5

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