An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, by Chris Hadfield

From a very young age, Chris Hadfield wanted nothing more than to become an astronaut. But at a time when very few Canadians went to space, this was bound to be a difficult task. Through years of hard work and dedication, Chris finally realised his dream and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space.
During this time, he was the first Canadian to be Commander of the International Space Station, where he also recorded a music video to David Bowie’s Space Oddity. He also broke into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife and was temporarily blinded whilst clinging to the outside of an orbiting spacecraft. He has overcome many obstacles thanks to an unconventional philosophy learned at NASA: prepare for the worst, and enjoy every moment of it. Read More »

The Martian, by Andy Weir

Mark Watney, an astronaut part of a six-man mission to Mars, becomes separated from his team during an emergency evacuation of the planet. The crew believe he is dead and leave him behind. But he survived and is now stranded on Mars! With dwindling supplies and the prospect of starving to death in space before anyone could reach him, Mark must use all of his knowledge and ingenuity to try to change his fate. Read More »