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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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Get the physical book or an ebook.

It's ok, but I got it at a discount on audio and it really doesn't work in this format. Hours and hours and hours of reading questions, then reading answer to those questions gets really, really, really boring. I'd start drifting off in 30-60 minutes. Or less.

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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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Not bad. Fairly informative.

I read Chris Hadfields first and I was spoiled by his sense of humour, sense of HONOUR he held for being chosen for the work and his easily understood explanations for some very complex situations and an incredibly complex subject. I am not a highly rated scientist but I understood the whole book. He does not "dumb down" the text but merely explains at a broader level and reduces the technobabble.

So, Yes Tim Peake's book is readable it is not as good as the afore mentioned one I went on about.

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Exceptional experience!

A engagingcread- this is a deeply passionate scientist an enthusiastic traveler and explorer. I really was fascinated by the facts and stories and remberances from the author's experiences. This is a rarefied community he belongs to.

The narration is quite good. His tone and energy are excellent, and you can't beat his feank demeanor, vocal texture and accent for adding to his performance.

Well worth reading!

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Great astronaut Q&A

While not as good as memoirs like An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Col. Chris Hadfield or Spaceman by Mike Massimino, Ask an Astronaut did have high entertainment value and great charm. Lots of fascinating eye opening facts about life on the ISS.

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Very Informative Book On The ISS

After working on the Apollo Moon Landing and the Shuttle launch system, this book brings me back into the space program. It is very informative and answers many questions about the ISS as well as the Soyoz launch system. We'll worth my time.

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This was an interesting mix of facts, opinion and sharing of experience. Easy to listen.

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All you ever wanted to know but had no one to ask

I still remember the disappointment I felt when a friend told me that only men with perfect vision could be an astronaut. It was when America’s space program was booming and it was starting to seem to be a regular thing to shoot men up into space. And, I had just gotten my first pair of glasses. To be an astronaut was probably every American boy’s dream at some time in the 60’s. Tim Peake was spent 170+ days on the space station and after his return, was peppered with questions in every conversation, and every interview, every opportunity. So, he decided to write this book. The book is organized seemingly as a chain of consciousness but is written in question and answer format. He simply answers questions that were given to him and does so in an interesting way. It’s written in such a way as to be interesting to an adult or a child and covers pretty much everything I can think of to ask. Quite an interesting book.