An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth By: Col. Chris Hadfield

Pages: 320
Finished: 3/13/15

Chris Hadfield wrote this book in an amazing way: it takes unimaginable experiences, like living on the ISS and puts it into 'real people' words. He uses a lot of well thought out metaphors to relay as many of the sensual experiences as possible. Hadfield covered topics ranging from preparation to peeing in space to scientific experiments conducted. He spoke on a basic scientific level but did not insult any form of intelligence. There were a few things I learned about space flight during this book. The first one was the number of YEARS spent physically, mentally, and technically preparing for something which could be as short as eight days or as long as six months. The second was the the ISS is not only for experiments, but also to observe the effects space has on the body. Astronauts go through hours of experiments and tests, before, during, and after space flight and are essentially human lab rats. This book also taught me a lot about general outlooks on life. Mostly that it is not always best to be the Alpha person or most recognized but the one who works hard and well with others.

Rachel Beyer

I am a full time engineer and a part time blogger/writer. I am passionate about reading, writing, biking, volleyball, and my pets.