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Ask an Astronaut

My Guide to Life in Space
By: Tim Peake
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
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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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  • KWood
  • Palm Desert, CA US
  • 02-20-19

More Information then I was Prepared For

I had no idea I would hear so much technical information about space travel and exploration. Mr. Peake does a fantastic job of describing life aboard ISS. I loved hearing about his favorite and least favorite things about being in space.

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Entertaining & Educational

A fun book. I learned a lot about space travel, its impact on the human body, and why we should continue to send humans into space.

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Amazing

Great answers to all those questions we always wanted to know about space life and the ISS. Really informative and well thought out.

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Excellent insights into being an astronaut

This book consists of about 100 questions and answers about space travel, its effects and the preparation needed. I recommend it.

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Good Book

A collection of random facts and stories organized well and still manages to entertain. The author did an excellent job detailing his exploits in space in a fun educational way an it would interesting to see all astronauts do a similar style book.

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Fun Facts Questions and Answers Book by Astronaut

What a fun facts book for astronaut fans! There are many astronaut autobiographical accounts of space exploration out there, but Tim Peake uses a social media outreach event to gather the most pressing questions the interested public asks him. He categorizes those questions and then answers each in depth through his book, "Ask an Astronaut". By sticking to topics that people want to hear about, this formatting ensures Peake stays concise and on point.

I would recommend this to any person interested in manned space exploration, probably upper middle school and older based on the reading level. His writing style is lighthearted and relatively easy to process, but there are a few detailed technical discussions that some middle schoolers might not understand without additional visual aides. Most of this book describes tidbits of what Peake personally went through or prepared for during and leading up to his mission, so I would also recommend this to anyone trying to write astronaut-centered Sci-Fi.

I learned a lot about the International Space Station (ISS) that I didn't know before, and what training prior to missions is really like. This is a short enough work so the format didn't get too tedious, and I'm glad I read it.

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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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  • 12-08-18

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.