Book of the Week: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life On Earth by Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield: Astronaut. Explorer. Hero. Bowie-covering Space Oddity. The face on Zoomer Magazine’s November cover. And most recently, published author.

During his tenure as Commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield brought awareness of the space program back to earth. Through a canny social media presence and a constant sense of wonder, Hadfield shared the experience and marvel of space travel with an audience of millions via Twitter and Youtube. He not only became a Canadian icon, instantly recognizable and a household name, brought space travel back to the forefront of cultural awareness, a level rivaled only by the space race of the 1960s.

With his new book An Astronaut’s Guide to Life On Earth, Hadfield brings his experiences and his considerable charm to both his own story — the book is an account of his background and training as an astronaut, revealing secrets of the space program in a way previously unexplored — and to a  wider narrative, an account of how one can make ones own dreams come true.

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth is a powerful, grounded, charming and meaningful read.