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By Chris Hadfield

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent a long time 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 stay snake whereas piloting a airplane, and been briefly blinded whereas clinging to the outside of an orbiting spacecraft. the key to Col. Hadfield's success-and survival-is an unconventional philosophy he discovered at NASA: organize for the worst-and get pleasure from each second of it.

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

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We fly on to Sierra Leone via a milk run through various small West African capitals. The airport in Freetown is across a vast wetland from the city, so when we disembark we’re issued with new ‘tickets’ – numbered chunks of wood that give us passage on an ancient yellow helicopter for the last fifteen minutes of the journey. The chopper lurches into the sky, wind whistling wildly through its open windows, exposed electrical wires swinging in the breeze. Below, the water sparkles cobalt blue against the jungle-clad coastline.

How to choose? The trips that affect me most are those involving women and children. Jumbled snapshots in my head. Skeletal children wail in Malawi, their exhausted mothers queuing for help from the World Food Program. On the Somalian border, women fight one another with teeth, fingernails and buckets as an Oxfam truck dumps a tank of water into a hole in the parched fields. A mother walks home across the desert lugging one container for her family of eight – it needs to last a week. In South Africa, a mother grieves for her lost son, stolen and murdered by criminals who sell the body parts of children for traditional medicine.

The doctor makes five excruciating stitches as I lie on top of Arkie to keep him still, trying to soothe him with a few inadequate words. It’s very distressing as he quite understandably screams the place down. Years later he still has a little scar but thankfully doesn’t remember how he got it. I know I will never forget. We’re not long back in Phnom Penh when we’re testing the medical system again, this time with an illness. Where this particular bug comes from, I don’t know, but Cambodia is notorious for poor food safety.

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