Part I: Book Review 第1章:本の感想


An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything


I’m on my break right now and I got the chance to read a book by a Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. He was commander of the international space station in 2013. He recently retired after a 35 year career as an astronaut.


What I found very interesting about this book was how insanely difficult it is to be an astronaut. I knew it was hard but not THAT hard. Astronauts are really amazing people not only are they elite pilots, but also PHD’s, physicians and engineers. They have to pass the most extensive physical examinations in the world in order to be eligible. Mr. Hadfield almost wasn’t able to complete his training because of a trivial adhesion of his appendix after a surgery. Besides the physical tests, astronauts have to be near experts in almost every module of the shuttle. He learned Russian and although didn’t directly fly was trained and able to pilot the Soyuz Capsule which he took to the international space station for his final mission where he was commander.


This book has some really interesting stories about Mr Hadfield’s life including one involving a vasectomy that had me nearly in tears laughing. There are also some really tragic stories and it is a reminder about how dangerous it is to be an astronaut and some of the dangers involved.

ハドフィールドさんについての面白い話が詰まったこの本の中で、精管切除 (せいかんせつじょ)の話が私を長い時間、泣かせるほど笑わせました。でも、それ以外にも本当に悲しい話もあり、宇宙飛行士の危なさが分かる本です。

For my rating I would give this book 9.5 out of 10, it is definitely one of my favorite books. It is a quick read and I read it over the course of two days during a road trip to Sedona. Mr. Hadfield also extolls some virtues and life lessons and there is some really great concepts in this book that I think people can learn from.


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