Chris Hadfield

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

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Loneliness, I think, has very little to do with location. It’s a state of mind.
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If you’re focused on the wrong things, like the bee in your helmet or whose fault it is that the g-suit came unplugged, you are likely to miss the very narrow window of opportunity to correct a bad situation.
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There’s really just one thing I can control: my attitude during the journey, which is what keeps me feeling steady and stable, and what keeps me headed in the right direction. So I consciously monitor and correct, if necessary, because losing attitude would be far worse than not achieving my goal.
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See, a funny thing happened on the way to space: I learned how to live better and more happily here on Earth. Over time, I learned how to anticipate problems in order to prevent them, and how to respond effectively in critical situations. I learned how to neutralize fear, how to stay focused and how to succeed.
Timur Gabdulov
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significance of your work isn’t determined by how visible it is to outsiders
Llia
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One benefit of aiming to be a zero: it’s an attainable goal. Plus, it’s often a good way to get to plus one. If you’re really observing and trying to learn rather than seeking to impress, you may actually get the chance to do something useful
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I’ve learned that investing in other people’s success doesn’t just make them more likely to enjoy working with me. It also improves my own chances of survival and success
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In my experience, fear comes from not knowing what to expect and not feeling you have any control over what’s about to happen. When you feel helpless, you’re far more afraid than you would be if you knew the facts. If you’re not sure what to be alarmed about, everything is alarming.
Elvira
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An astronaut is someone who’s able to make good decisions quickly, with incomplete information, when the consequences really matter.
Elvira
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hurled straight up into the sky, away from Earth. It feels like magic, like winning, like a dream.
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ONE MORNING A STRANGE THOUGHT occurs to me shortly after waking: the socks I am about to put on are the ones I’ll wear to leave Earth. That prospect feels real yet surreal, the way a particularly vivid dream does
Sasha
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I quickly learned that as the ex-whatever, you only get so many golden opportunities to keep your mouth shut, and you should take advantage of every single one. I wasn’t in charge anymore.
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When the U.S.S.R. dissolved in 1991, its space program was in danger of dissolving, too, as government funding evaporated. The U.S. didn’t want Russian military technology being sold off to or shared with politically unstable countries, so NASA did what it could to shore up Roscosmos, its Russian counterpart, by providing funding for cooperative ventures such as regular visits to Mir. Of course, there was something in it for NASA: learning from the people who had the most experience building and maintaining space stations, and in the process creating a partnership that is absolutely vital today
Sasha
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There’s nothing more important than what you’re doing right now
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When the driver pulled over to the side of the deserted road, Roman, Tom and I were delighted to get out and breathe some fresh air. We also had a mission: to pee on the rear right tire of the bus, as Yuri Gagarin apparently had
Sasha
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We all said a few words, which those of us who would be flying a Soyuz toasted with ginger ale, not champagne, then everyone in the room sat down for a minute of silence. It’s what Russians do before any voyage, whether they’re going to space or to a friend’s dacha, just a way of honoring the significance of the moment
Sasha
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Early success is a terrible teacher. You’re essentially being rewarded for a lack of preparation, so when you find yourself in a situation where you must prepare, you can’t do it. You don’t know how.
Sasha
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When you’re the author of your own fate, you don’t want to write a tragedy
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A death sim starts with a scenario—“Chris is seriously injured on orbit,” say—and over the next few hours, people work through their own roles and responses. Every five to ten minutes whoever is running the exercise tosses what we call a “green card” into the mix: in essence, a new wrinkle. The cards are devised by the training team, whose job it is to conjure up as many realistic twists and turns as possible; no one else in the sim knows in advance what is on the cards, and we respond as though these things are actually happening. One green card might be, “We’ve just received word from the Station: Chris is dead.” Immediately, people start working the problem. Okay, what are we going to do with his corpse? There are no body bags on Station, so should we shove it in a spacesuit and stick it in a locker? But what about the smell? Should we send it back to Earth on a resupply ship and let it burn up with the rest of the garbage on re-entry? Jettison it during a spacewalk and let it float away into space
Sasha
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NASA trains us to close off the burning segment, save the crew, then figure out how to fight the fire—but the Russian philosophy is different. They want us to stand and fight the fire.
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