Memoir

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space by Chris Hadfield

By Chris Hadfield

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent many years education as an astronaut and has logged approximately 4000 hours in area. in this time he has damaged right into a house Station with a Swiss military knife, disposed of a dwell snake whereas piloting a aircraft, and been quickly blinded whereas clinging to the outside of an orbiting spacecraft. the key to Col. Hadfield's success-and survival-is an unconventional philosophy he realized at NASA: arrange for the worst-and get pleasure from each second of it.

In An Astronaut's consultant to lifestyles on the earth, Col. Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of educating and area exploration to teach the best way to make the very unlikely attainable. via eye-opening, interesting tales packed with the adrenaline of release, the spell binding ask yourself of spacewalks, and the measured, calm responses mandated by means of crises, he explains how traditional knowledge can get within the approach of achievement-and happiness. His personal remarkable schooling in house has taught him a few counterintuitive classes: don't visualize good fortune, do care what others imagine, and consistently sweat the small stuff.

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Also, we were excited at the prospect of being coached by some of the world’s finest dance tutors. A lot of the top European coaches chose to move to America. Even though everything had been going well for me in Moscow, it felt right that we should at least try to grab the opportunity to go to the States and start a new chapter. It seemed foolish to ignore the prospect of more stability, more money, more opportunities for top-quality coaching, and then there was the lure of the lifestyle. Since the Cold War, Russian propaganda had painted the US as somewhere that had fallen foul to all the worst excesses of 38 Pasha RHB Text_p001_256_Pasha RHB Text_p001_256 29/07/2013 12:42 Page 39 MY STORY capitalism.

It was a little handset, in the style of a very early Game Boy, with a slot where you could put tapes in the back to load the game. I would sometimes go to his house to have a play on it. It was lots of fun and a novelty for me after being used to playing in the woods with sticks and using my imagination. That was when my love affair with computer games began. It’s something I still like to do. When I went to boarding school, whose name was ‘Middle Boarding School Number One’ (all the schools were numbered in Russia at the time, rather than given names) my favourite teacher actually had a couple of computers in his classroom.

All the paperwork was there and, because my officer had acknowledged this, Anya’s had to do the same. A second later, Anya was having her papers stamped too, allowing her to accompany me to the States. A victory, I must tell you. So, we were on our way to a new land. Instincts had told me it was the right thing to move to the US, and now my American adventure was about to begin. It was November 2000, the day before Thanksgiving, when I finally set off for the USA. For some reason, all the way there I was terrified that I would be turned away from the country at the border.

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