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How to Train Like an Astronaut

Dr. Dave: Astronaut series

by Dr. Dave Williams and Loredana Cunti
illustrated by Theo Krynauw

Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association American Association for the Advancement of Science SB&F Prize nomination

Find out what it takes to become an astronaut—from someone who knows!

How many kids dream of becoming an astronaut one day? Wouldn’t it be great to float in space and do neat experiments? But before all the “fun” begins, it takes an incredible amount of hard work to prepare for the ride of a lifetime.

Before they are sent to space, astronauts have to go through spacecraft systems training, wilderness training, underwater training, roller coaster–like flight training, and teamwork training, not to mention science, technology, medical, engineering, and math training. Training for flight also depends on being prepared physically, mentally, and emotionally, having the right attitude, and learning to deal with problems calmly. Dr. Dave speaks from experience when he describes what it’s like to live underwater for weeks at a time, experience free-floating in micro-gravity in the “Vomit Comet,” and eat bugs during wilderness training. With its firsthand photos and amusing illustrations, Go for Liftoff! is the go-to book for aspiring astronauts.


“This pleasing look at what qualities it takes to be an astronaut will be useful for lessons on space, careers, goal setting, and the value of determination.”
—School Library Journal, 04/17

“An upbeat, colorful introduction to astronaut training.”
—Booklist, 04/01/17