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Monday, November 10, 2014

You are here - Chris Hadfield - Review



Around the world in 92 Minutes!

We have read "Around the world in 80 days", and at first this title appeared a sequel to that. But it is not so. The vintage book is about sea voyage and has many fictitious characters and incidents.

This one is real. Hadfield has done extensive research after taking about 45000 pictures from the ISS and has chosen only the best and intriguing ones. The book is very simple and dwells on the nature of the Earth's structure and has many historical references as well.

The book shows our home, our city, country, continent, our whole planet - from a unique perspective. It was actually Chris's Twitter feed from the ISS. This photo documentary shows us we didn't really understand what we saw from his tweets. We caught the beauty but missed the meaning. Curated from images never before shared, Chris's big picture reveals why our planet looks the way it does and why we live where we do. Chris sees more in these images than we do, not just because he's spent months in space but because his in-depth knowledge of geology, geography and meteorology allows him to read the mysteries the photos reveal.  His most beautiful explanation I liked was over the eye of the Sahara Desert - The Richat Structure in Mauritiana.

Present tweets from Alexander Gerst and Reid Wiseman (returned 10th Nov, 2014) also conform to this fact, but Hadfield has made a mark.

If you want to see how the world really looks like from a height of about 450 Km, and appreciate the art work of our Creator, then this book is for you. Enjoyed every photo and the fascinating commentary.

You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes: Chris Hadfield, Random House Canada

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