Becoming a Spacewalker

Author: Jerry L. Ross
Publisher: Purdue University Press
ISBN: 1557536937
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This highly illustrated picture book for children introduces scientific concepts and valuable life lessons through an autobiographical account of the life of NASA astronaut Jerry L. Ross.

Spacewalker

Author: Jerry Lynn Ross
Publisher: Purdue University Press
ISBN: 1557536317
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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.

My Journey to the Stars

Author: Scott Kelly
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 1524763799
Format: PDF, Mobi
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NASA astronaut Scott Kelly was the first to spend an entire year in space! Discover his awe-inspiring journey in this fascinating picture book memoir that takes readers from Scott’s childhood as an average student to his record-breaking year among the stars. Scott Kelly wasn’t sure what he wanted to be when he grew up. He struggled in school and often got in trouble with his twin brother, Mark. Then one day Scott discovered a book about test pilots and astronauts that set him on a new path. His new focus led him to fly higher and higher, becoming first a pilot and then an astronaut, along with his brother—the first twin astronauts in history. But his greatest accomplishment of all was commanding the International Space Station and spending nearly a year in space, which set the record for the longest spaceflight by an American. This story of an ordinary boy who grew up to do extraordinary things is perfect for children, fans of Scott's adult book Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, aspiring astronauts, and anyone who has ever tried to defy the odds. It will amaze and inspire you.

An Astronaut s Guide to Life on Earth

Author: Chris Hadfield
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316253049
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield's success-and survival-is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst-and enjoy every moment of it. In An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Col. Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch, the mesmerizing wonder of spacewalks, and the measured, calm responses mandated by crises, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement-and happiness. His own extraordinary education in space has taught him some counterintuitive lessons: don't visualize success, do care what others think, and always sweat the small stuff. You might never be able to build a robot, pilot a spacecraft, make a music video or perform basic surgery in zero gravity like Col. Hadfield. But his vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth-especially your own.

A Cord of Three Strands

Author: Adam Holt
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781986814126
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The third installment in this astronaut-recommended space adventure has finally arrived! A Cord of Three Strands is the story of Tully the adventurer, Sunjay the rebel, and Tabitha the spy. Separated by time, space, and circumstances, these three are united in their fight against the Ascendant, who have at last achieved their goal... Earthfall. "We are the Ascendant. We always rise." The Ascendant have claimed the best of the Earth for themselves and made refugees of us all. Some resist, but are now in a struggle to keep the Ascendant from activating a deadly weapon that will obliterate them. The Fourth Horseman. And Tully Harper? He is nowhere to be found. He and his sidekick Little Bacon are a billion miles from Earth, trying to save a hidden civilization on a very real moon in our solar system. If he's ever to return to Earth, he must save the moon as well as himself from "the Gift" of the Lord Ascendant, which is trying to destroy him from the inside out. Even if he does, can he return before the Fourth Horseman is activated? The entire case of characters makes a return in A Cord of Three Strands, including Little Bacon, Queen Envy, Gallant Trackman, and an army of Lincoln Sawyers. New characters are introduced, too: Hemlock the Padder, Wonder Most High, Ixion the Black Staff, and the Messenger, whose mysterious origins could turn the tide in in the struggle against the Ascendant. "Tully's enthusiasm for space travel and commitment to his friends sends this story deep into our solar system. It's a quirky, fun book that also manages to treat space travel seriously." - Col. Jerry Ross, astronaut and author of Becoming a Spacewalker: My Journey to the Stars

Spaceman

Author: Mike Massimino
Publisher: Crown Archetype
ISBN: 1101903554
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HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that’s about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you’re about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind’s chance to unlock the universe’s secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit, with all the zip and buoyancy of life in microgravity. Massimino’s childhood space dreams were born the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Growing up in a working-class Long Island family, he catapulted himself to Columbia and then MIT, only to flunk his first doctoral exam and be rejected three times by NASA before making it through the final round of astronaut selection. Taking us through the surreal wonder and beauty of his first spacewalk, the tragedy of losing friends in the Columbia shuttle accident, and the development of his enduring love for the Hubble Telescope—which he and his fellow astronauts were tasked with saving on his final mission—Massimino has written an ode to never giving up and the power of teamwork to make anything possible. Spaceman invites us into a rare, wonderful world where science meets the most thrilling adventure, revealing just what having “the right stuff” really means. From the Hardcover edition.

Assembling and Supplying the ISS

Author: David J. Shayler
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319404431
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The creation and utilization of the International Space Station (ISS) is a milestone in space exploration. But without the Space Shuttle, it would have remained an impossible dream. Assembling and Supplying the ISS is the story of how, between 1998 and 2011, the Shuttle became the platform which enabled the construction and continued operation of the primary scientific research facility in Earth orbit. Fulfilling an objective it had been designed to complete decades before, 37 Shuttle missions carried the majority of the hardware needed to build the ISS and then acted as a ferry and supply train for early resident crews to the station. Building upon the decades of development and experience described in the companion volume Linking the Space Shuttle and Space Stations: Early Docking Technologies from Concept to Implementation, this book explores • a purpose-built hardware processing facility • challenging spacewalking objectives • extensive robotic operations • undocking a unmanned orbiter The experience and expertise gained through these missions allows space planners to improve space construction skills in advance of even more ambitious plans in the future.

Bringing Columbia Home

Author: Michael D. Leinbach
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1628728523
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Timed to release for the 15th Anniversary of the Columbia space shuttle disaster, this is the epic true story of one of the most dramatic, unforgettable adventures of our time. On February 1, 2003, Columbia disintegrated on reentry before the nation’s eyes, and all seven astronauts aboard were lost. Author Mike Leinbach, Launch Director of the space shuttle program at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center was a key leader in the search and recovery effort as NASA, FEMA, the FBI, the US Forest Service, and dozens more federal, state, and local agencies combed an area of rural east Texas the size of Rhode Island for every piece of the shuttle and her crew they could find. Assisted by hundreds of volunteers, it would become the largest ground search operation in US history. This comprehensive account is told in four parts: Parallel Confusion Courage, Compassion, and Commitment Picking Up the Pieces A Bittersweet Victory For the first time, here is the definitive inside story of the Columbia disaster and recovery and the inspiring message it ultimately holds. In the aftermath of tragedy, people and communities came together to help bring home the remains of the crew and nearly 40 percent of shuttle, an effort that was instrumental in piecing together what happened so the shuttle program could return to flight and complete the International Space Station. Bringing Columbia Home shares the deeply personal stories that emerged as NASA employees looked for lost colleagues and searchers overcame immense physical, logistical, and emotional challenges and worked together to accomplish the impossible. Featuring a foreword and epilogue by astronauts Robert Crippen and Eileen Collins, and dedicated to the astronauts and recovery search persons who lost their lives, this is an incredible, compelling narrative about the best of humanity in the darkest of times and about how a failure at the pinnacle of human achievement became a story of cooperation and hope.

The Memory Factory

Author: Julie M. Johnson
Publisher: Purdue University Press
ISBN: 1557536139
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"The Memory Factory introduces an English-speaking public to the significant women artists of Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century, each chosen for her aesthetic innovations and participation in public exhibitions. These women played important public roles as exhibiting artists, both individually and in collectives, but this history has been silenced over time. Their stories show that the city of Vienna was contradictory and cosmopolitan: despite men-only policies in its main art institutions, it offered a myriad of unexpected ways for women artists to forge successful public careers. Women artists came from the provinces, Russia, and Germany to participate in its vibrant art scene. However, and especially because so many of the artists were Jewish, their contributions were actively obscured beginning in the late 1930s. Many had to flee Austria, losing their studios and lifework in the process. Some were killed in concentration camps. Along with the stories of individual women artists, the author reconstructs the history of separate women artists' associations and their exhibitions. Chapters covering the careers of Tina Blau, Elena Luksch-Makowsky, Helene Funke, and Teresa Ries (among others) point to a more integrated and cosmopolitan art world than previously thought; one where women became part of the avant-garde, accepted and even highlighted in major exhibitions at the Secession and with the Klimt group. "This is an excellent addition to the literature on fin-de-siáecle Vienna, well-researched and well-argued. It highlights little-known artists and situates them in a novel interpretation of women's roles in the art world. The author challenges dominant tropes of feminist historiography and thus sheds new light on twentieth-century art historyand historiography," Michael Gubser, James Madison University. "--Provided by publisher.

International Space Station

Author: Allison Lassieur
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: 1515752690
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This book explores various perspectives surrounding the International Space Station and the men and women who work onboard. Readers are immersed in the action as their choices guide the narrative.