Canadian astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield’s book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, is an inspiring book. It details his early life and the events and choices that led him down the path to becoming an astronaut. I found myself captivated and enthralled reading it, as it offered a rare glimpse behind the curtain of celebrity, into the real world of what it means to have one of the most challenging, and ultimately rewarding, jobs there is.
Hadfield’s book is written well, and is engaging from the beginning. The message is clear: To become an astronaut is a lifelong goal that may never be realised, but through perseverance, luck, being in the right place at the right time, having the right skills, and sheer determination, anything is possible.
Hadfield’s approach to all the challenges and obstacles set before him is one of the best things about this book. It truly is a Guide to Life on Earth, and his manner of facing and overcoming the hardships and challenges he faced should inspire us all to try that much harder to succeed.
As the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station, Hadfield is a hugely influential person. His pictures of Earth from space are some of the best ever taken, certainly some of the most inspiring. And many remember his ‘Space Oddity’ moment, where he played the guitar in space.
His book is also influential, and is an excellent read. I suggest that it should be in every library and school across the nation. Colonel Hadfield has written a book to be proud of.