Preview: Chris Hadfield – An Astronaut’s Guide To Life on Earth


If Twitter and Facebook haven’t satiated the public’s appetite for all things Chris Hadfield, then Random House has just the thing. On October 29, retired astronaut (and Internet celebrity) Chris Hadfield will release his first book An Astronaut’s Guide To Life on Earth.

Hadfield endeared himself to the world with social media updates that included stunning photographs and commentary from space (covering Bowie and floating in his space-pyjamas while aboard extraterrestrial crafts didn’t hurt his popularity either). Now, having returned this past May from a five-month mission, on which he served as the Commander of the International Space Station (a first for a Canadian), Hadfield closes a thirty-five-year career as both a military pilot and an astronaut.

An Astronaut’s Guide To Life on Earth is the biography of a nine-year-old boy who dreamed of becoming an astronaut ever since he watched the Apollo moon landing. It’s Hadfield’s story of how hard work and fully immersing himself in the necessary training and mindset allowed him to not only fulfill his childhood dream but become the first Canadian to have walked in space as well as float freely in space.

An Astronaut’s Guide ultimately teaches readers to stick to their dreams no matter the scope of their ambitions. The life stories Hadfield shares are harrowing at times (one anecdote finds Hadfield struggling through a temporary bout of blindness during a spacewalk), but in the end, they inspire, showing how anyone can make the impossible a reality.

Chris Hadfield takes to the pen with humour and humility. He is optimistic for not only the future of space exploration but, more generally, individuals’ potentials to be who they want and to do what they want.

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Leslie Ken Chu

Leslie Ken Chu