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Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  1,584 ratings  ·  207 reviews
The new book from astronaut Tim Peake, the number one bestselling author of Hello, is this planet Earth?

How does it feel to orbit the earth ten times faster than a speeding bullet?
What’s it like to eat, sleep and go to the toilet in space?
And where to next – the Moon, Mars or beyond?

Ask an Astronaut is Tim’s personal guide to life in space, based on his historic Principia
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Hardcover, 247 pages
Published October 19th 2017 by Century (first published October 17th 2017)
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Kerrin Parris
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the recent announcement that Tom Cruise will fly on SpaceX to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2021, I thought it would be fun to listen to the audiobook Ask An Astronaut: My Guide to Life In Space read by the author, Tim Peake. After learning the strenuous educational requirements for life on board the ISS, I wonder if Tom Cruise has “the right stuff” to be an astronaut. Since learning Russian is one of the requirements to live on the ISS, I hope Tom is starting his language lesson ...more
Aaron
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very accessible for readers of all ages! Spoken with authority, humor and scientific facts, this book hits upon the adventurer in every person both young and old.
The question and answer format allows the author to jump from topic to topic, but he keeps it lined up logically. Discussing topics as varied as effects of microgravity on the body to astronaut's diet to bodily functions, the reader will want to keep turning pages to discover more. Even the parts requiring a scientific explanation that
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Thomas
This book is exactly what you would expect. A solid three and a half stars. It’s a fun journey into what it’s like to be an astronaut, the training, launch, life on the ISS, reentry, and everything that comes after. Lots of personal experiences integrated into a question-and-answer format.

I don’t know what else there is to say. Tim Peake is an interesting guy. Apparently, he was the first astronaut to wear the Union Jack on his spacesuit during a spacewalk. This is one of those books that makes
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Muhamed
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, biography
Funny, fascinating, and inspiring. Tim Peak takes us on a journey to International Space Station through his book. He answers all of our questions such as how does it feel to leave earth, how do astronauts use the loo in space, and how does it feel to space walk.
Cheryl
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked up for a challenge, found myself so engrossed that I finished it in one night + one morning. Peake has a nice, light, straightforward way of explaining things, and the illustrations add just the right amount of levity. He even explained divers' 'bends' to me better than anyone else, using the analogy of a carbonated drink.
Nancy
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
It is amazing to consider that since 1961 when Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space that only 545 people have reached Earth's orbit. Tim Peake is one, having been on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2015. His book Ask and Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space is as close as most of us will get to knowing what it is like.

When Tom Wolfe wrote The Right Stuff, he was talking about the first American astronauts who had come up from the ranks of pilots. Today's astronauts need very spe
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Honestly speaking, I had no idea who Tim Peake was prior to reading Ask an Astronaut. I'm now a fan. This book was written really clearly and felt like I was just sitting there having a conversation with him. The questions are done in a chronological type of way starting with liftoff in the beginning through the ride home at the end.

I learned so much that I never even thought to ask. The information contained in this book is thorough and often entertaining. I had no idea that astronauts are requ
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Carole Knoles
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This year seems to be a bonanza of space related books. Ask An Astronaut by Astronaut Tim Peake is a perfect companion book to read along with the wonderful Endurance by Astronaut Scott Kelly. After little bites of information about astronauts, space travel, and the amazing ISS these two writers have fleshed out the picture in a fascinating and informative way.
Noriko
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
As someone who has always been drawn to, and fascinated by space, there's no way I don't love this book. This book is packed with fun and interesting episodes that shed a lot of light to the wonders of space and space explanations, but it also shares quite enlightening wisdom and lessons on what it takes to be an astronaut and what risk you have to bear in mind upon heading to space. I absolutely enjoyed reading this fun book and adored every single word of his.

Contrary to what I just said abov
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Ralph McEwen
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scott Peake has written a very easy to understand book about a very complicated subject. He has interwoven his personal observations and feeling, with known facts, requirements and inquiries about space travel that is fun to read. I picked up several things about space travel and living on the space station that I never thought about.
Beyond the subject matter, I found the structure of this book most appealing. By breaking the content into major groups and further using questions about those gro
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Jo
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Peake was the first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station. He asked social media users to send him questions and this book is the result. He covers various aspects of 'astronauting' from training to the after effects of spending time in space. Some of the science bits went over my head but overall this was very interesting and quite informative.
Victoria Zigler
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating read, which is both educational and entertaining. A must read for those with a fascination for all things space related.
Danielle
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
Read this review and more on my blog, uncovered-books.

I received a free copy of Ask An Astronaut: My Guide To Life In Space from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

As someone who has alway been in-awe and inspired by space, Ask An Astronaut is the perfect book to give you an inside look at what it is like to be an astronaut, and more importantly how you can become on elf you wish!

Set up in the form of Tim Peake answering various questions with the occasional illustration to give bet
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Christopher
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Freya
The 8 year old me (who wanted to be an astronaut) is very happy - this is a fantastic book!

Having read Chris Hadfield's book 'An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth' (also fantastic), I thought that the Q&A style of 'Ask an Astronaut' might be quite simplistic and without detail. I'm happy to say I was wrong! The answers are detailed, thought-provoking and often written with a degree of humour that had me giggling to myself. Tim's writing style is also very easy and engaging to read, so even thou
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Katie
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As someone who wants to expand their knowledge of space and astronomy, this was a delightful book to start with. I remember watching Tim Peake go up to the ISS on TV - he was the first British astronaut up there and it was a huge thing over here in the UK. It was so exciting to see. I’m far too young to remember the Apollo missions first hand so this was a nice taste of that kind of excitement. This book details his mission and time spent up on the station, and is really interesting and easy to ...more
Rebecca
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I regurgitated this book to anyone in my immediate vicinity. I truly became a walking Tim Peake encyclopedia for two days, bursting with space-related facts. This 'Ask an Astronaut' tome is filled with fascinating titbits, from insights into future deep space exploration and Mars colonisation, to the the Phantom Poo that went missing in the ISS for two weeks (there are so many poo facts, kids will love this). Peake is such an affable human being and his warmth and enthusiasm comes across so stro ...more
Jamie Bowen
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
An enjoyable, easy read and very informative. Tim Peake went to social media to ask for questions relating to his expedition on the International Space Station, this book is the result. The book is organised to cover the Launch, Training, Life and Work on the ISS, Spacewalking, Earth and Space and Return to Earth. Questions vary from the funny and obvious, like how to go to the toilet, to quite serious and probing questions, Tim responds with comprehensive answers that give you a better understa ...more
Tara Russell
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I bored the household witless with facts from this, but I loved it. As a child of the 80s and 90s I grew up thinking of space exploration as a given, in ways, as man had stepped on the moon before ever I was born, but I still never failed to be awe-struck by the night sky.

The constant ingenuity and exploratory nature of humankind fascinates me. I think some of the descriptions of the medical tests and advancement in knowledge from space missions were my favourite parts of the book, but I loved
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David
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this on Audible and this was such an engaging surprise. I loved every bit of it and feel like I have been to space and back. The author has an incredibly down-to-earth style (yeah, I know, funny for an astronaut—right?!). I learned so much and the author is also British, so he has a dry, funny perspective at times that is entertaining while being informative. I read less non-fiction than fiction most of the time, but this one had me from the beginning to the end and I would recomme ...more
Georgina Wyatt
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having watched the Space X Dragon launch on May 30th I decided to finally read this book which has been sat on my kindle forever. I really enjoyed it.
For anyone who is curious about space, who wants to become an astronaut or who just enjoyed watching a space launch and wanted to read a bit more about an astronaut's life on the ISS and everything that goes into getting them to the launch and their journey both physically and emotonally, this is an awesome book.
Have you ever wondered what an astro
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Simon
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, 2018-books
Easy to read and digest in handy questions and answers, many from young children who have been spurned on by Tim Peake's voyage into space; their questions are just as valuably and interesting as any adult ones. Nothing but facts, quirks, mixed with humour, for me the most interest came from the small nuggets of information/facts and figure,s as I already knew much of the general space/ISS ways of working. Thoroughly enjoyable and would suggest reading it over several days or weeks or just delvi ...more
Veronika
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, science
This is a book for any age group! Kid or an adult! Everyone will find some information new to him, I am sure. It is engaging, interesting and fun. Tim Peake wrote it so nicely I felt like sitting next to him while simply chatting. I enjoyed this quite a bit!
John Cameron
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Here, I just finished reading this book.

Overall, the book was pretty sick. It included beast facts about space. There were answers to questions I have never thought to ask.

I award this book 5 stars.
Jaz
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book for space nerds everywhere. Tim answers pretty much every question you could think of regarding getting to and from the ISS - and life on board - while taking great care to explain the science underpinning it all in a way that everyone can assimilate.
Anh Ly Glenn
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful journey into space through this book!

I love how conversational and descriptive the writing is. Tim Peake shows us his remarkable legacy of drive, dreams, and determination through amazing tales of his trainings, the accounts of his daily life on ISS or the epic technicalities and danger of each Spacewalk, of each launch, of each land back on Earth. His big mind and brave soul reminds me of humility and life of greater purpose - for oneself, for others, for future generations, f
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Kristy
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I initially thought this was a book geared towards children. It's not. And it gets fairly technical in places. I did kind if gloss over anything that had numbers and calculations, but overall I found this to be a fascinating look into what it takes to be an astronaut and what is involved in living for months on the ISS.
Roisin
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so interesting. I'm glad I finally read it
Nicola
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Ever wanted an insight into what it’s like to live in space? What do they eat in space, what do they do up there, how do they go to the toilet (come on, everyone wants to know that one!), astronaut training, effects of space on a human body to name a few.

This is basically a big book of a Q&A about all the things you want to know about space life.
I really enjoyed it! It’s a great pick up and put down book (or read in one go!)

Hats off to all those who boldly go where no man (or woman) has gone b
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Erin
Incredible look into life in low orbit around Earth on the International Space Station. I felt giddy with excitement nearly the entire time I read this book, thanks to Tim Peake's clear, interesting writing. He toes the line nicely between making things accessible for non-scientists while not dumbing information down to the point of inanity. I have such a greater appreciation now for many aspects of the life of an astronaut - the scope of the work undertaken on the ISS, the preparation and const ...more
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Major Timothy Nigel "Tim" Peake CMG (born 7 April 1972) is a British Army Air Corps officer, European Space Agency astronaut and a former International Space Station (ISS) crew member.

He is the first British ESA astronaut, the second astronaut to bear a British flag patch (the first was Helen Sharman, who visited Mir as part of Project Juno in 1991), the sixth person born in the United Kingdom to
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