An Insider’s Guide to Leaving Planet Earth

A wildly entertaining account of the rules, lessons, procedures, and experiences of space travel, How to Astronaut is a book that will appeal to anyone— male or female, young or old—with even a passing interest in space. Written by Col. Terry Virts, a former astronaut, space shuttle pilot, and International Space Station commander who spent 200 consecutive days in space, it answers all of our curious questions and much more.

A born storyteller, Virts reveals the often-untold side of space travel in 51 short chapters filled with a mix of you-are-there detail, a dose of science made simple, and the inherent drama of describing something few will ever know first-hand.

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"A former fighter pilot, a survival expert, a hairdresser (!) astronaut (who is also a father) with profound medical and scientific abilities, a killing sense of humor AND also a brilliant author...Terry Virts writes with an open heart, with the good, the bad and the ugly and as if what he’s doing is just any other job. His (sic) addresses all kinds of audience, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy this book. He captivates and intrigues the reader with interesting questions and topics, I was mesmerized and could not put it down."

"This amazing book is for every reader who ever looked up at the night sky and dreamed."

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