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What's It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who've Been There

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  288 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Everyone wonders what it's really like in space, but very few of us have ever had the chance to experience it firsthand. This captivating illustrated collection brings together stories from dozens of international astronauts—men and women who've actually been there—who have returned with accounts of the sometimes weird, often funny, and awe-inspiring sensations and realiti ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Chronicle Books
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Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays, nonfiction
I’ve tried my hand at a few space books before, but they almost all exclusively went over my head the minute they introduced mathematical equations into their works. So with this collection I was hoping for a more down-to-earth (punny) and accessible read. Thankfully, I got just what I was seeking with this one-of-a-kind deal.

Everyone wonders what it's really like in space, but very few of us have ever had the chance to experience it firsthand. This captivating illustrated collection brings toge

Before I borrowed it from the library and saw it only here on Goodreads, I thought this thin black book was along the lines of Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. Instead, it’s a short, illustrated book that can be read in one sitting. It’s suitable for readers ages pre-teen and older--and, what’s pleasantly surprising is it packs a lot of bang for the buck. I came to this enjoyable book knowing remarkably little about what it’s like--really like--for
Zuzka Jakubkova
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful artwork about humans traveling to space.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
More urine than expected. Lovely nonetheless.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: space, audio, 2018
q&a type of book
Deimaris ☾
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting and very funny. Buddy read it with my bf ❤️
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a good quick read, but now I think I would like a more in depth memoir.
A good jumping Off point. I didn't know a lot of these.
Stephanie Parnell
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute book, looks stunning. A great light, fun read if you don’t want something heavy. It’s set up in such a way that you can consume in bite sized pieces or devour at one.

As someone who is fascinated with all things Space related, I am always looking for books that give me an insight. I picked this book up not only because it looks beautiful but it gives you an insight into how normal daily processes on earth can be affected by zero gravity. It’s those mundane things that you don’t think about
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very informative and simply presented. The artworks made reading this book more enjoyable!
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not long enough

Great read but a lot shorter than I thought it would be. Just a lot of little blurbs; wish it were longer stories! Still interesting though.
Marathon County Public Library

If you're like me, you've often wondered what it's like for astronauts up in outer space; what it smells like, what it sounds like, and the overall difficulty of adapting to daily life. Now, there's a book that answers a lot of those questions and provides other interesting facts straight from the men and women who have traveled there and back!

The facts presented in this book range from fun and factual to odd. It's neat to hear astronauts and cosmonauts describe how things look from outer space,

Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Waldman introduces short anecdotes from astronauts about life in in the microgravity environment of space including their sense of awe, but also why you shouldn’t burp in space. If do be sure push off a wall first. That’s the one maneuver that will prevent you from vomiting at the same time. And better get used to vomiting, because the sensation of being without gravity in freefall is going to mess up your sense of balance and play havoc with your digestive system even without burping. In a few ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This not an in depth or scholarly work but almost like a mini coffee table book with almanac size entries accompanied by fun illustrations. What a quirky little read! The most interesting tidbits to me were about the danger of burping in space; the discovery that some troubling mysterious headaches turned out to be caffeine withdrawal; a phenomenon called Moon Face; the difficulty of distinguishing the Earth from other stars when the Moon isn't visible; the odor of space; that several flying ins ...more
Jul 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: tbr-2021
“Maybe someday this book will be as quaint as books describing what it’s like to fly in an airplane.”

A fun and quick read, it felt a bit underwhelming at times because some of the stories were just too short and it didn't have enough stories about how it's really like in space , we got too many fun anecdotes of how to pee, burp, shit,.. in space and not enough about the mysteries and overwhelming presence of space, if ya know what I mean. But still an entertaining read tho!
Lewis Kelly
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Essentially a glorified listicle. Surprisingly boring on the whole. I wanted more depth and detail than this book offered. The frustrating vapidity of the astronaut quotes reminded me of post-game athlete interviews. Some fun trivia, though, most of which seemed to be related to bodily fluids. Giant pee icicles, rubber diapers, the problems of mucus in space. Also enjoyed the anecdote of the contraband corned beef sandwich.
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Some really interesting stuff but my inner conspiracy theorist gives it the side eye. Jesse read part of it with me and thought it was pretty neat, especially learning that farting will in fact NOT propel you around space, how disappointing.
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science
Easy to read in an hour; most of a page is an illustration with a few sentences about some experience in space. No depth at all, sort of like being in a big group listening to somebody talk. Not at all what I was expecting or hoping for. Maybe this was a kid’s book that I picked up by mistake.
Alexandra Cornejo
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So quick to read yet very informative of stuff you've always wanted to know about space! ...more
Monrovia Youth Services
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, non-fiction
This is a super fun, quick read with awesome illustrations and fun facts about the upsides and (sometimes gross) downsides of being in space.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
fun and interesting facts about life in space. wish it had been longer!
Janna Odenthal
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
interesting for kids and adults.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book made with love, someday I'd like to read it to my kids. ...more
interesting little tales by astronauts and their time in space.
Fun view into the unexamined parts of life in space.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lots of interesting facts, but the graphics did not align with the content.
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super interesting! also super short xD But the concept is nice.
Paul Forrest
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great to read out loud at the table to young uns.
Jul 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
While it's not an in-depth or serious look at the topic, it's a cool enough topic that it doesn't need to be. ...more
Natalie Carey
This was a lot of fun! A bunch of very short anecdotes about what it's like in space, including things like sneezing in your suit, going to the bathroom, etc. I do wish it were longer, but good nonetheless. The images' were pretty cool too - an interesting mix of 60s to 80s style.

It also informed me that Kepler wrote a science fiction story about humans in space! Somnium: The Dream, or Posthumous Work on Lunar Astronomy, possibly the first sci-fi ever? I already checked it out from the library.
Grace (The Reading Raindoe)
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was expecting this book to be more full-length stories and it was actually more like bits of knowledge here and there. It covers everything from arriving in space to how astronauts do things in space to arriving back on earth. I think kids interested in space would really love this book. Though I will say, there was a lot of vomiting/burping/fart knowledge. So maybe best for kids interested in space and body humor. There are a number of stories that aren’t related to those topics, though. Just ...more
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