I read astronaut Chris Hadfield's book An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0316253030/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_e72gxbMM76KER) When I first applied to become an astronaut. He has a very easy to read style and a lot of his insights can indeed be applied to Earth living.
  1. "You can’t view training solely as a stepping stone to something loftier. It’s got to be an end in itself."
    I'm actually super psyched about astronaut training. And since training is about 99% of astronaut life, you'd better enjoy it. Space Camp!
  2. "In zero gravity, there’s no need for a mattress or pillow; you already feel like you’re resting on a cloud, perfectly supported, so there’s no tossing and turning to find a more comfortable position."
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    Doesn't that sound AMAZING??? Who needs memory foam?
  3. "I never once smelled body odor on the ISS. The reason, I think, is that your clothes are never really in contact with your body; they sort of float next to you, loosely"
    The ISS is the International Space Station. I guess you don't need deodorant up there.
  4. "When I thought I couldn’t get one more wear out of something, I’d cram it into one of the waste containers destined for a Progress, the Russian resupply vehicle that delivers cargo to the Station and then burns up on its way back to Earth."
    One of the most disturbing things I have learned about the space program is how much waste there is. They build these complex rockets and can't bring them home without jettisoning part of them or burning up waste. I guess that's just the way it is for now.
  5. "in 2007, Suni Williams ran the Boston Marathon in space, which took her only 4 hours and 24 minutes."
    She is such a badass.
  6. "Other anatomical changes associated with long-duration space flight are definitely negative: the immune system weakens, the heart shrinks because it doesn’t have to strain against gravity, eyesight tends to degrade, sometimes markedly (no one’s exactly sure why yet).
    The spine lengthens as the little sacs of fluid between the vertebrae expand, and bone mass decreases as the body sheds calcium. Without gravity, we don’t need muscle and bone mass to support our own weight, which is what makes life in space so much fun but also so inherently bad for the human body, long-term." Wow. Space really takes its toll on people and in a sense astronauts are human Guinea pigs.
  7. "You can choose to focus on the surprises and pleasures, or the frustrations. And you can choose to appreciate the smallest scraps of experience, the everyday moments, or to value only the grandest, most stirring ones. Ultimately, the real question is whether you want to be happy."
    Choose happiness.
  8. "Over the years, I’ve realized that in any new situation, whether it involves an elevator or a rocket ship, you will almost certainly be viewed in one of three ways. As a minus one: actively harmful, someone who creates problems. Or as a zero: your impact is neutral and doesn’t tip the balance one way or the other.
    Or you’ll be seen as a plus one: someone who actively adds value. Everyone wants to be a plus one, of course. But proclaiming your plus-oneness at the outset almost guarantees you’ll be perceived as a minus one, regardless of the skills you bring to the table or how you actually perform. This might seem self-evident, but it can’t be, because so many people do it."
  9. I highly recommend this book to all Earthlings. 🌎❤️🚀