An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth

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0120131028

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, been confronted by a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's Space Oddity in space.

The secret to Chris Hadfield's success, and survival, is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst - and enjoy every moment of it.

Episode 1

At the age of 9, Canadian Chris Hadfield watched Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon and decided that he wanted to be an astronaut.

Reader: Garrick Hagon

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

Aged nine, Chris watches the Apollo moon landing and decides he wants to be an astronaut.

0220131029

What does it feel like to go to space for the first time? Chris recalls his first flight.

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, been confronted by a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's Space Oddity in space.

The secret to Chris Hadfield's success, and survival, is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst - and enjoy every moment of it.

Episode 2

What does it feel like to go to space for the first time? Chris Hadfield recalls his first flight in 1995.

Reader: Garrick Hagon

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

0320131030

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, been confronted by a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's Space Oddity in space.

The secret to Chris Hadfield's success, and survival, is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst - and enjoy every moment of it.

Episode 3

Preparation and 'sweating the small stuff' are crucial to staying alive. Astronauts are taught to constantly ask, 'what is the next thing that is going to kill me ?'

Reader: Garrick Hagon

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

Chris reveals how preparation and 'sweating the small stuff' are crucial to staying alive.

0420131031

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, been confronted by a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's Space Oddity in space.

The secret to Chris Hadfield's success, and survival, is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst - and enjoy every moment of it.

Episode 4

Chris Hadfield spent five months on the International Space Station and, in between the scientific experiments and the daily routines of living, he spent as much time as he could looking out of the window.

Read by Garrick Hagon

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

Chris spends as much time as he can looking out of the International Space Station window.

05 LAST20131101

Chris comes back to earth and discovers that he's become a YouTube and internet sensation.

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, been confronted by a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's Space Oddity in space.

The secret to Chris Hadfield's success, and survival, is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst - and enjoy every moment of it.

Episode 5

Chris Hadfield comes back to earth with a bump, and discovers that he has become a YouTube and internet sensation.

Read by Garrick Hagon

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

05 LAST20131101

Chris comes back to earth and discovers that he's become a YouTube and internet sensation.

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, been confronted by a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's Space Oddity in space.

The secret to Chris Hadfield's success, and survival, is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst - and enjoy every moment of it.

Episode 5

Chris Hadfield comes back to earth with a bump, and discovers that he has become a YouTube and internet sensation.

Read by Garrick Hagon

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.