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The Ordinary Spaceman

Author : Clayton C. Anderson
ISBN : 9780803277311
Genre : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
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What's it like to travel at more than 850 MPH, riding in a supersonic T-38 twin turbojet engine airplane? What happens when the space station toilet breaks? How do astronauts "take out the trash" on a spacewalk, tightly encapsulated in a space suit with just a few layers of fabric and Kevlar between them and the unforgiving vacuum of outer space? The Ordinary Spaceman puts you in the flight suit of U.S. astronaut Clayton C. Anderson and takes you on the journey of this small-town boy from Nebraska who spent 167 days living and working on the International Space Station, including more than forty hours of space walks. Having applied to NASA fifteen times over fifteen years to become an astronaut before his ultimate selection, Anderson offers a unique perspective on his life as a veteran space flier, one characterized by humility and perseverance. From the application process to launch aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, from serving as a family escort for the ill-fated Columbia crew in 2003 to his own daily struggles--family separation, competitive battles to win coveted flight assignments, the stress of a highly visible job, and the ever-present risk of having to make the ultimate sacrifice--Anderson shares the full range of his experiences. With a mix of levity and gravitas, Anderson gives an authentic view of the highs and the lows, the triumphs and the tragedies of life as a NASA astronaut.

The Ordinary Spaceman

Author : Clayton C. Anderson
ISBN : 9780803262829
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"A memoir chronicling Clayton Anderson's quest to become an astronaut. From his childhood to working for NASA, and then eventually becoming an astronaut"--

The Ordinary Spaceman

Author : Clayton C. Anderson
ISBN : 9780803277335
Genre : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
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What’s it like to travel at more than 850 MPH, riding in a supersonic T-38 twin turbojet engine airplane? What happens when the space station toilet breaks? How do astronauts “take out the trash” on a spacewalk, tightly encapsulated in a space suit with just a few layers of fabric and Kevlar between them and the unforgiving vacuum of outer space? The Ordinary Spaceman puts you in the flight suit of U.S. astronaut Clayton C. Anderson and takes you on the journey of this small-town boy from Nebraska who spent 167 days living and working on the International Space Station, including more than forty hours of space walks. Having applied to NASA fifteen times over fifteen years to become an astronaut before his ultimate selection, Anderson offers a unique perspective on his life as a veteran space flier, one characterized by humility and perseverance. From the application process to launch aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, from serving as a family escort for the ill-fated Columbia crew in 2003 to his own daily struggles—family separation, competitive battles to win coveted flight assignments, the stress of a highly visible job, and the ever-present risk of having to make the ultimate sacrifice—Anderson shares the full range of his experiences. With a mix of levity and gravitas, Anderson gives an authentic view of the highs and the lows, the triumphs and the tragedies of life as a NASA astronaut.

It S A Question Of Space

Author : Clayton C. Anderson
ISBN : 1496205081
Genre : Young Adult Nonfiction
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Having spent over 150 days in space on his first tour of the International Space Station, it's safe to say that Clayton C. Anderson knows a thing or two about space travel. Now retired and affectionately known as "Astro Clay" by his many admirers on social media and the internet, Anderson has fielded thousands of questions over the years about space flight, living in space, and what it's like to be an astronaut. Written with honesty and razor-sharp wit, It's a Question of Space gathers Anderson's often humorous answers to these questions and more in a book that will beguile young adults and space buffs alike. Covering topics as intriguing as what it's like to walk in space, what astronauts are supposed to do when they see UFOs, and what role astronauts play in espionage, Anderson's book is written in an accessible question-and-answer format that covers nearly all aspects of life in space imaginable. From what it's like to live in zero gravity to what it's like to go to the bathroom up there, It's a Question of Space leaves no stone unturned in its witty firsthand account of life as an astronaut.

A Is For Astronaut

Author : Clayton Anderson
ISBN : 9781534123007
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Retired astronaut Clayton Anderson takes readers on an A to Z flight through the alphabet from astronaut and blastoff to spacewalk and Zulu Time. Topics cover the history of NASA, science, and practical aspects of being an astronaut using fun poems for each letter paired with longer expository text in the sidebars. Perfect for science buffs, budding astronauts, and astronomy lovers of all ages.

Outposts On The Frontier

Author : Jay Chladek
ISBN : 9780803222922
Genre : History
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The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest man-made structure to orbit Earth and has been conducting research for close to a decade and a half. Yet it is only the latest in a long line of space stations and laboratories that have flown in orbit since the early 1970s. The histories of these earlier programs have been all but forgotten as the public focused on other, higher-profile adventures such as the Apollo moon landings. A vast trove of stories filled with excitement, danger, humor, sadness, failure, and success, Outposts on the Frontier reveals how the Soviets and the Americans combined strengths to build space stations over the past fifty years. At the heart of these scientific advances are people of both greatness and modesty. Jay Chladek documents the historical tapestry of the people, the early attempts at space station programs, and how astronauts and engineers have contributed to and shaped the ISS in surprising ways. Outposts on the Frontier delves into the intriguing stories behind the USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory, the Almaz and Salyut programs, Skylab, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, Spacelab, Mir station, Spacehab, and the ISS and gives past-due attention to Vladimir Chelomei, the Russian designer whose influence in space station development is as significant as Sergei Korolev’s in rocketry. Outposts on the Frontier is an informative and dynamic history of humankind’s first outposts on the frontier of space.

Vacation Guide To The Solar System

Author : Olivia Koski
ISBN : 9781101993415
Genre : Science
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Packed with real science and fueled by imagination, a beautifully illustrated guide to traveling in our solar system Imagine taking a hike along the windswept red plains of Mars to dig for signs of life, or touring one of Jupiter's sixty-four moons where you can photograph its swirling storms. For a shorter trip on a tight budget, the Moon is quite majestic and very quiet if you can make it during the off-season. Packed with full color illustrations and real-world science, Vacation Guide to the Solar System is the must-have planning guide for the curious space adventurer, covering all of the essentials for your next voyage, how to get there, and what to do when you arrive. Perfect for fans of Neil deGrasse Tyson's Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, this tongue-in-cheek reference guide is an imaginative exploration into the “What if” of space travel, sharing fascinating facts about space, the planets in our solar system, and even some moons!

Spacewalker

Author : Jerry Lynn Ross
ISBN : 9781557536310
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The most launched astronaut in history discusses his childhood growing up in rural Indiana, his career in the Air Force, and his time working at NASA, while offering an insider's account of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

But For The Grace Of God

Author : William R. Pogue
ISBN : 153981050X
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The amazing memoir of astronaut Bill Pogue, long-time holder of the world record for most days in space. Praise from the experts... "Bill Pogue has had an amazing career: Oklahoma farm boy, Korean war fighter pilot, elite Thunderbird slot and wingman, mathematical whiz, and eighty-four days of science studies as a Skylab astronaut. He guides the reader through a half-century of technological advance, always in the forefront, but modestly so." -Mike Collins, Command Module Pilot, Apollo 11 "Bill has had a remarkable life, and his autobiography is a pleasure to read. He is a superb storyteller." -Alan Bean, Apollo 12 Astronaut, Fourth Man to Set Foot on the Moon "Bill Pogue successfully coped with the challenges of career and life, and he relates them in a captivating narrative. My memory is consistent with his recollections. Thanks for some pleasant memories. Well done!" -Ed Gibson, Science Pilot, Skylab 4 "This is one of the two best memoirs ever written by an astronaut. He packages his adventure-filled life into easy-to-read, inspiring tales that move swiftly." -Walter J. Boyne, Author/Historian; Former Director, National Air & Space Museum; Enshrinee, National Aviation Hall of Fame "A country boy from the heartland of America surpasses his wildest dreams in aviation and space. It makes me proud to know this country can produce such patriots, aviators, and space explorers." -Ed Buckbee, NASA Public Affairs for Wernher von Braun; Founder, U.S. Space Camp "Bill is a superb writer who has lived a very special life. I'm grateful he is sharing his experiences with us. He is a great pilot, an excellent astronaut, and an outstanding representative of our nation." -Jerry Carr, Commander, Skylab 4

The Orbital Perspective

Author : Astronaut Ron Garan
ISBN : 9781626562486
Genre : Business & Economics
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For astronaut Ron Garan, living on the International Space Station was a powerful, transformative experience—one that he believes holds the key to solving our problems here on Earth. On space walks and through windows, Garan was struck by the stunning beauty of the Earth from space but sobered by knowing how much needed to be done to help this troubled planet. And yet on the International Space Station, Garan, a former fighter pilot, was working work side by side with Russians, who only a few years before were “the enemy.” If fifteen nationalities could collaborate on one of the most ambitious, technologically complicated undertakings in history, surely we can apply that kind of cooperation and innovation toward creating a better world. That spirit is what Garan calls the “orbital perspective.” Garan vividly conveys what it was like learning to work with a diverse group of people in an environment only a handful of human beings have ever known. But more importantly, he describes how he and others are working to apply the orbital perspective here at home, embracing new partnerships and processes to promote peace and combat hunger, thirst, poverty, and environmental destruction. This book is a call to action for each of us to care for the most important space station of all: planet Earth. You don't need to be an astronaut to have the orbital perspective. Garan's message of elevated empathy is an inspiration to all who seek a better world.

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