I will be the first to admit that I am a massive bookworm. Happiness to me, is a book and a mug of coffee and an afternoon of dwindling the day away sat reading, whether it is on a beach, in a coffee shop or just in bed. One of my 101 goals is to read 100 new books in the 1001 days. So this post, is the start of that and the start of a new group of posts called Currently Reading. Think of it as a book club, with the books chosen by me.
Space and astronauts fascinate me. I lived in Houston for 4 years of my life, which is home to mission control and NASA. I have been fortunate enough to visit NASA many a time, and the visits combined with my love of Buzz Lightyear led me to do my undergraduate degree a BEng in Aeronautics and Astronautics.
In 2013 an astronaut, Chris Hadfield became an internet sensation after his edition of Space Oddity whilst on the International Space Station. His book is amazing, so honest and truthful. He admits that being an astronaut is glamorous but also a huge learning experience. All astronauts spend many an hour in the classroom and are examined on a weekly basis. As a kid, I always wanted to be an astronaut (don’t we all), but knew I lacked the desire. Hadfield makes clear how driven he was and how it led him to his eventual career. However, being Canadian he had to wait until Canada had a space program and hope that one day he would manage to get to space. With the closing of the space shuttle programme, many current astronauts where told they were now too tall to fit into the new rockets. Hadfield writes truthfully and with a touch of humour, he tells it like it is. From watching TV interviews, he has written this as he is normally which makes the book seem more honest.
I got given this book as a Christmas present and could not put it down. I would recommend this book to any engineer, space geek, or anyone who has ever wanted to know what an astronaut actually does.
If you haven’t seen his version of Space Oddity, take a look: