An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth
by Chris Hadfield
Chris Hadfield tells his life story about how he overcame all odds to become commander of the International Space Station. This book tells you how prepare for and pursue your own personal dreams and goals. Chris Hadfield teaches us that preparation, humor and learning from mistakes can propel us forward in life. In the book he goes through his life and how he had many medical conditions that could have prevented him from becoming the commander of the International Space Station but he never gave up and never giving up is the only reason he is where he is today. In the book he tells a story of when he and his wife went to an Elton John concert. A local radio station was trying to get Elton John to call Hadfield up on stage to play a song with him. Hadfield decided that if he got this chance, the song would be Rocket Man, so for weeks he practiced playing Rocket Man on his guitar just in case Elton John called him up on stage. This ties into a recurring theme of preparing for things even if they might not happen but just knowing that you're ready in case it does. At the start of the book he talks about his childhood and how he was always fascinated by space and how he always had the dream of becoming the commander of the International Space Station and how he wanted people to know who he was.
My thoughts on this book where that it was very interesting and that I learned a lot about space travel and what goes into becoming an astronaut. This book was filled with facts that kept me reading and also there were many life lessons that he had learned through his life that I can use in my life to become successful.
I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in learning more about what goes on behind the scenes at NASA and what is done to become the commander of the International Space Station. This book would also be good for anyone who likes a quick biography that keeps you interested the whole way through.
reviewed by L.P., Grade 10 Scona student