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Chris Hadfield - An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth: The Defector, Apollo Murders, A.I. Space Travel & The Truth About UFOs


Astronaut & Author

It’s been an epic 2023 so far here at London Real. We’ve made a short journey to an incredible new studio that has so far been filled with a host of inspiring guests and fascinating conversations. On top of that, I’ve seen a ton of new members show up to my Wealth Academy, all focused on levelling up their life, changing their mindsets and educating themselves.

It’s what truly inspires me to get up and get at it, every single morning of the week! One of the core tenets I teach my students is to surround themselves with successful people or those with a growth mindset – to seek out mentors, join networking groups, and attend classes where they can connect with like-minded individuals.

And, In case you haven’t noticed, that’s what I do every week when I hold conversations with my incredible guests. In fact, if you’re suffering from a late winter slump and need a dose of positivity in your life, then take a moment to catch up on some of the episodes you might have missed so far this year, like our amazing chats with Gaur Gopal Das, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ben Goertzel and Vishen Lakhiani to name just a few.

You see we live in a world full of information and opportunity and my goal is to share as much of that with as many of you as possible. It reminds me of a quote a very wise person once said – “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Which in turn would probably make today’s guest one of our most knowledgeable to date.

Yes, making his long-awaited return to the London Real hot seat is the legendary Commander Chris Hadfield, the astronaut, engineer,former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot and bestselling author.

Chris is an incredible guy who shot to global fame back in 2013 when as Commander of the International Space Station during Expedition 35, he chronicled his experiences in space on social media, posting photos and videos of his daily life aboard the ISS and most notably performing a unique version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”.

“I’ve had a chance to see something that is way outside everybody else’s frame of reference and gives a perspective that is very different from everyone else’s.”

Chris became fascinated with flying and space exploration from a young age. He attended the Royal Military College of Canada and later earned a Master of Science degree in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee. From there he began his career in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1983, becoming a fighter pilot and flying the CF-18 Hornet.

In 1992, he was selected to become an astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), completing his astronaut training in 1994 before participating in two Space Shuttle missions, STS-74 in 1995 and STS-100 in 2001.

All in all his career spanned 35 years and included almost 4,000 hours in space, which culminated in his aforementioned time spent as Commander of the International Space Station during Expedition 35.

His full CV and list of achievements and awards would take numerous trips around the Earth to recount, but in receiving the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, he rightly took his place in the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame alongside the International Space Hall of Fame.

In retirement, Chris has forged a successful career as both a speaker and author and has released a number of bestsellers including his autobiography – “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” which explores the philosophy instilled at NASA – prepare for the worst and enjoy every moment.

His latest book “The Defector”, is an action thriller that follows the exploits of NASA flight controller and former US test pilot Kaz, during the Yom Kippur war, and draws on his many years of experience as a combat fighter pilot. The book has been described as nerve-shredding and heart-stopping and sees Chris establish himself as a leading fictional wordsmith.

It’s no surprise that as a result of all these incredible achievements and exploits, Chris has so much knowledge and wisdom to share with the world. His unique perspective of life on earth, as seen from a vantage point so few of us will ever experience, means Chris can offer tangible advice on life’s challenges, how to deal with fear and uncertainty, the true meaning of success and a host of other lessons.

“Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow and the day after that… Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction.”

I can’t wait to sit down with Chris once again, he’s a truly fascinating guy and I know all of you will get so much inspiration and wisdom from this conversation – so be sure to tune in and share the link with friends and family, far and wide.

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A number of clips from this exclusive interview are now available to download, share and repost. Spread the word: grab these clips today!

  1. Behind the scenes of the epic Space Oddity recording
  2. Balancing work and play while recording Space Oddity on the ISS
  3. Why we’re really exploring the Universe
  4. The space narrative now and then
  5. The whole purpose of the world wasn’t us
  6. Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk push the boundaries of space exploration
  7. Would you accept a mission to Mars?
  8. Is there intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe
  9. UFOs and high-flying mysteries
  10. How ill humans co-exist with A.I.
  11. From space to the page my latest mission is writing
  12. The process of writing fiction
  13. The most important decision is the one you make next


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