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One thing that squares with my beliefs is the fine job Hadfield expresses with the explanation he gives saying “The first year is very tough on families because of all the adjustments and changes” (Hadfield, Chris. An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth. Pg. 99). I understand this so well because my Dad had a job that required us to move around a lot and this in turn meant I always had to make new friends and readjust to a new home and new school. It was tough on me for a while because I had no real sense of belonging and I always had to get used to a new environment. One of the points that I remember from the reading is when Hadfield explains that “One thing hasn’t changed, though: astronauts are, without exception, extremely competitive” (Hadfield, Chris. An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth. Pg. 103). I honestly would’ve never thought about this but then I remembered how we had the Space Race a little after World War II.
It is really fascinating to remember the history of how technology has advanced. More so, I’m very curious if astronauts are still considered to be highly competitive. The second point I remembered from the reading is an important point Hadfield makes by saying that “If you’re only thinking about yourself, you can’t see the whole picture” (Hadfield, Chris. An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth. Pg. 105). And I thought that was an important point because it is something we work on throughout our lives. It is one of the things that we are taught as children, to think of others and to be more caring towards are peers.
They are great life lessons that we work on every day. It is important to not become consumed and narrow focused to the point that we forget about those that matter in our lives. The final thing I remember from the text is when Hadfield gives insight to flying a jet. He says that “Nothing focuses your mind quite like flying a jet. That’s one reason NASA requires that astronauts fly T-38s: it forces us to concentrate and prioritize in some of the same ways we need to in a rocket ship” (Hadfield, Chris. An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth. Pg. 118). I thought this was really cool because I myself have never flown a jet or really want to, but it was interesting to get insight on something that is just part of the job.
To me flying a jet is crazy, but to him flying a jet is just another Tuesday. The question I end on is that Hadfield talks a lot about the strain and focus required for the job. I’m curious about the psychological impacts that may have.
It also gives some rather humorous commentary on his part. The question that I end with is more of a fascination by his explanations of his surroundings. I didn’t really have a question, but rather a deep expression for the vivid detail given.
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