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What happens when you sneeze in space? Was it fun to do a space walk? How squashed were you in the capsule on the way back? What were your feelings as you looked down on Earth for the first time? Were you ever scared? Where to next - the moon, Mars, or beyond?

Based on his historic mission to the International Space Station, Ask an Astronaut is Tim Peake's guide to life in space and his answers to the thousands of questions he has been asked since his return to Earth. With explanations ranging from the mundane (how do you wash your clothes or go to the bathroom while in orbit?) to the profound (do humans have a duty to explore the unknown?), all written in Tim's characteristically warm style, Tim shares his thoughts on every aspect of space exploration.

From training for the mission to launch to his historic spacewalk to reentry, he reveals for listeners of all ages the cutting-edge science behind his groundbreaking experiments and the wonders of daily life onboard the International Space Station.

©2017 Tim Peake (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Inspiring

I've been longing to get a copy of this book since it was released. After such a long wait for it I was not disappointed.

I closely followed Tim Peake, Tim Kopra and Yuri Malenchenko's expedition to the ISS from start to end, listening to morning DPCs, seeing their media engagement programs and, in my free time, learning about the Space Station and a bit of Russian along the way. These three men, crew mates and ground team inspired me to try and pursue a career to aid space exploration in any way I can.

Yet I'm only a middle class Ecuadorian girl, with subpar maths skills and no University studies.

But I am young, and I still have time to do something meaningful in my life if I work hard for it - maybe aiding human spaceflight in any way I can, who knows?

Mr Peake's words and insight on his path and time in the ISS gave me the optimism (and occasionally a good laugh) that I needed to make the next step. Thank you Tim.

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fun entertaining informative

I can scratch being an astronaut from my choice of occupations this book gave me a very in-depth View and I feel like I've already been there

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wish I could rate higher

Engaging to listen to, and I learned new things even considering I'm an engineer with some experience studying space. He did a great job of being accessible to all levels of education while still engaging to those with significant STEM knowledge.

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Surprisingly Entertaining!!

The author/narrator made an interesting topic even more interesting. One of the few books I wanted to listen to again as soon as I finished.

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Loved this! An engaging, informative, eye-opening surprise

I bought this book as an Audible daily deal. I rarely purchase those, but there was something about this book when I sampled it that immediately drew me in. This book was so informative and engaging, and I had no idea I was this interested in the experience of space travel. The author is so well-informed and experienced and shares his experience in a very warm and engaging manner. Plus, he is British, so every now and then, he adds a great sense of humor to his perspective. I read less non-fiction than I do fiction, but I am already recommending this book to my friends and to you too! 3-2-1, liftoff!

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Spectacular in every sense!

I was completely enthralled by this audiobook from the very first sentence to the last, in spite of my not having had a prior interest in space travel nor in learning about what astronauts go through. It's written in a very engaging style, and read superbly by the author himself. He reads in a very natural way, with emphasis throughout to help the listener truly understand the import of what he's describing. His voice is very pleasant to listen to and his British accent is remarkably easy on the American ear. I can't recommend this book highly enough! I have since purchased 4 copies of the printed book to gift to friends and family for the holidays. I feel as if I now have a much better perspective on planet earth and near space, and am more aware of the larger universe in which we exist. Thank you to Audible for promoting this book with a deep discount in one of their daily deals emails because otherwise I would never have taken an interest in this book. It is a real pleasure to listen to and well worth it!

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Pleasant Surprise!

This was a Daily Deal purchase, narrated by the author so I was a bit weary but it is ace! Space enthusiasts of all ages and learn about everything, and I mean everything, about training, living in and leaving the ISS. Peake's narration in charming as well, so double bonus!

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One more Question

What? You mean no one asked about ET’s Really; Not one question about UFO’s? Come on now, someone must have asked, I’m asking. Alien life forms, did you see something that made you step back and say, we’re not Alone. There are other intelligent races in space.

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Fantastic!

Loved the format and the rapid fire pace. Incredibly informative and fun. Very well done!

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Daily life on ISS, could do with less Q&A emphasis

Fascinatingly detailed information. Descriptions really put you in his shoes. The Q&A format gets tiresome and sometimes trips up the flow of the story. Still a great read for everyone interested in the day to day life on the ISS.