From Chris Hadfield's MasterClass

Astronaut Training

To become an astronaut, you have to become an expert on everything. Chris outlines the scope of an astronaut's training from leadership skills to survival skills.

Topics include: Forget the Movies • You’re an ASCAN Now • Become an Expert in Everything • Train to Survive Emergency Landings on Earth • Learn Leadership Techniques for Survival • See the Body as a System • Become an Astronaut of the Future

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To become an astronaut, you have to become an expert on everything. Chris outlines the scope of an astronaut's training from leadership skills to survival skills.

Topics include: Forget the Movies • You’re an ASCAN Now • Become an Expert in Everything • Train to Survive Emergency Landings on Earth • Learn Leadership Techniques for Survival • See the Body as a System • Become an Astronaut of the Future

Chris Hadfield

Teaches Space Exploration

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When I was a kid, I watched Star Trek. And I thought all astronauts were the cast of Star Trek. You know, they were Captain Kirk or Spock or Jean-Luc Picard or those sort of Hollywood stereotypes-- the Hollywood personifications of what we all sort of think astronauts are. And gosh, if you watch "Space Cowboys" or "Armageddon" or something, they're arrogant, thrill seeking, damn the torpedoes kind of people. And we're not like that. In fact, astronauts don't like adrenaline in their veins. You don't want to be thrilled by what's happening. You don't want to be overwhelmed by what's happening. You want to be calm and cold and calculating and aware and competent. Like if you get onto an airliner and you're about to take off-- you're in the passenger-- and you lean forward and you see the crew up there, you don't want them to be high-fiving each other and cheering. Or you don't want them to look all terrified sitting up front. What you're looking for is people who have practiced and who understand it. And no matter what happens, they are calm and ready and competent. You don't want someone who is up there supercharged and going, you know, watch this, with the airplane. You want the commander of your airplane to be as ready and capable to fly that ship as possible. And for the astronauts, we have to take it to a whole other level. You show up at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. You drive in. There's the great big NASA sign. And you got a badge that says your name and NASA on it. And you show up, but the office is full of people who have flown in space, who've walked on the moon, who have that experience that you're still just dreaming of. You go again from middle school to high school, even in the astronaut office. And even worse than that, you're not even an astronaut yet. You're an Astronaut Candidate, which the unfortunate abbreviation is an "ASCAN." You go from being whatever you were before-- the top of that-- to now, you're an "ASCAN." And I walked into my office that they'd assigned me. It had my name just in paper on the door because I hadn't been there long enough. And sitting next to me was Norm Thagard, a medical doctor and Vietnam War veteran, who was sitting there studying Russian because he was going to be the first American to fly on the Mir Space Station. So there's Norm in the corner, mumbling away in Russian. And the other disk beside me is John Young. John Young, who flew in space six times. He did the first flight of Gemini. John went to the moon twice. John walked on the moon. And John did the first flight of the space shuttle. He was the commander of the first space shuttle. And he was the chief of the astronaut office for decades. And John is sitting at the desk beside me. And I sit down at my desk and I'm thinking, what on earth am I doing here? You know, I'm an idiot next to these people. I have no idea what my job is. And I really felt like an "ASCAN." When you show up in the astronaut off...

Explore the unknown

Impossible things happen. At age nine, Chris Hadfield knew he wanted to go to space. He eventually went there three times, becoming a commander of the International Space Station. In his MasterClass, Chris teaches you what it takes to explore space and what the future holds for humans in the final frontier. Learn about the science of space travel, life as an astronaut, and how flying in space will forever change the way you think about living on Earth.

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Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

What a genuine guy. Chris was honest and real. His story is encouraging to all. Quite an insightful and wise teacher as well. Amazing!

What an amazing masterclass. So personal, a truly well expressed story. It connects things into a holistic approach of one's life. I learned a lot. I thank you very much. Jack

Preparation is key, in these types of situations, where you're at the edge of your abilities, at the edge of the technology or knowledge, it is the practice, the work and the focus that get you the end result, not your smarts or your luck.

One of the most inspiring teachers I have had the pleasure of learning from. Lesson 08 changed my life. Thank you

Comments

A fellow student

Hey Chris, my name is Phoenix. I would love to go to space, I know you will probably not respond to this message but I would love to be an astronaut I would really love to go to space and I have even mad a really detailed model of a modified Soyuz simulator in my room this is a simulator for a modified Soyuz for going to mars, in my world this imaginary space craft was built by roscosmose,esa,space x,jaxa,bigalow arowspace,and nasa any advice

Ugo A. D.

I enjoyed this lesson. Chris makes it clear how humans need to prep themselves for space travel and the necessary training required.

Marie H.

Good summary of what knowledge an astronaut needs. Looking forward to all the lessons!

A fellow student

Loving these lessons, but I can't seem to download the PDFs. Has that been a problem for anyone else? Thank you in advance!

A fellow student

2 Lessons in and I'm mindblown/starstruck! Mr. Hadfield is a treasure and I feel so blessed that we live in a world where this wisdom can be assessed on a laptop anywhere in the world. There is no doubt that many of us humans will be able to go to space in the near future and these lessons have me thinking of how I will prepare as a designer!

Sergio N A.

Extremely fascinating because I have learned some of the lessons when I was a student at the International Space Academy of the League of New Worlds where I was given a problem on decreasing oxygen tension inside the Space Habitat and i have to solve the problem and do all the proper things to do in calm way, decision making and actions to be taken and besides you should have a 100% knowledge of everything about that habitat ,etc... my lessons on " Sciences behind living in Mars" which I took from Future Learn lessons is very much within.your lecture , of course we can not discuss details here. Being an MD myself is not a problem with the medical emergencies. Survival techniques in the jungle is what i learned in the military like learning to eat insects, crawling and flying animals etc. is enjoyable....

Nouf A.

This is awesome, being an astronaut is not that easy but as long as you have the passion you will be fine.

A fellow student

yes very informative and understanding of the knowledge needed to live and work in space.

Hans J.

Sounds amazing, I want to do be an ASSCAN! Seems like handyman abilities are an important as being a pilot. Hans Juergensen

Vickie R.

Siberia I'm used to because that's where the Austrian diplomats always seat me at their parties.