The international bestselling author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, brings us yet another unforgettable photographic series of the planet. In You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes, author and celebrated astronaut Chris Hadfield shoots what is a virtual orbit of Earth.
In the book, he gives us the really big picture of our planet as seen from space. Contained in this are photographs from the International Space Station, many images never seen before. Hadfield also shares a new and insightful look at our planet.
He reveals astonishing detail and significance in these images, not just because he’s spent much time orbiting space but because his combined knowledge of geography, geology, and meteorology allows him to present the photos in a manner that is uniquely his.
Hadfield grew up on a farm in southern Ontario, and was greatly moved as a child when he watched the Apollo 11 Moon landing on television. Hadfield went to high school in Oakville and Milton and got his glider pilot license as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Not long after, he signed up with the Canadian Armed Forces and acquired an engineering degree at the Royal Military College.
Once in the armed forces he learned to operate different types of aircraft, eventually becoming a test pilot. Through an exchange program with the United States Navy and United States Air Force, he was able to obtain a master’s degree in aviation systems at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. Hadfield served as the commander of the ISS and has the distinction of being the first Canadian to do a space walk.
He has taken virtually thousands of photos, presenting an inimitable perspective of our world as seen from space. You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes is self-described by Hadfield as “my guided tour of our planet, as if we were floating and looking out the spaceship window together.” He shares breathtaking aerial views of dissimilar places like Manhattan, Venice, the Himalayas, and the Nile River.
Vast landscapes and seas are transformed to rainbows of hues and texture. What are also otherwise huge and awesome places are so tiny after all, in the grand scheme things. The book description states, “You Are Here ” and opens a singular window on our planet, using remarkable photographs to illuminate the history and consequences of human settlement, the magnificence (and wit) of never-before-noticed landscapes, and the power of the natural forces shaping our world and the future of our species.”