An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Commander Chris Hadfield: The Viral Book Trailer

As Com­man­der of the Inter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion, Chris Had­field “cap­ti­vat­ed the world with stun­ning pho­tos and com­men­tary from space.” Per­haps you remem­ber him singing David Bowie’s “Space Odd­i­ty” on board the Inter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion, or, on a more prac­ti­cal lev­el, explain­ing what hap­pens when astro­nauts shed tears in space –an impor­tant ques­tion, no doubt, but maybe not as head­line grab­bing as this oth­er Had­field talk: Every­thing You Want­ed to Know About Going to the Bath­room in Space But Were Afraid to Ask.

Had­field returned from the ISS in May, and he has appar­ent­ly been busy writ­ing a book that came out just days ago, An Astro­naut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Inge­nu­ity, Deter­mi­na­tion, and Being Pre­pared for Any­thingTo pro­mote the book, Had­field “enlist­ed his son to make a video for his new book launch that would be as enter­tain­ing as his time in space,” accord­ing to Devour. Mis­sion accom­plished, we all agree. The video has logged near­ly 1,000,000 views and count­ing in a mat­ter of days.

If you want to get famil­iar with the mate­r­i­al cov­ered in Had­field­’s book, I’d encour­age you to lis­ten to his recent inter­view with Ter­ry Gross on Fresh Air.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

The Won­der, Thrill & Mean­ing of See­ing Earth from Space. Astro­nauts Reflect on The Big Blue Mar­ble

60 Sec­ond Adven­tures in Astron­o­my Explains the Big Bang, Rel­a­tiv­i­ty & More with Fun Ani­ma­tion

Star Gaz­ing from the Inter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion (and Free Astron­o­my Cours­es Online)

The Wis­dom of Carl Sagan Ani­mat­ed

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