BBC BLURB: Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, been confronted by a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's Space Oddity in space.
The secret to Chris Hadfield's success, and survival, is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst - and enjoy every moment of it.
Reader: Garrick Hagon
Abridged and produced by Jill Waters A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.
1. Aged nine, Chris watches the Apollo moon landing and decides he wants to be an astronaut.
2. What does it feel like to go to space for the first time? Chris Hadfield recalls his first flight in 1995.
3. Preparation and 'sweating the small stuff' are crucial to staying alive. Astronauts are taught to constantly ask, 'What is the next thing that is going to kill me?'
4. Chris Hadfield spends five months on the International Space Station and, in between the scientific experiments, he spends as much time as he can looking out of the window.
5.Chris Hadfield comes back to earth with a bump, and discovers that he has become a YouTube and internet sensation.Space Oddity - Chris Hadfield, Space Station Commander
Did you notice the Startrek-ish t-shirt.