What's It Like in Space?

Stories from Astronauts Who've Been There

Author: Ariel Waldman

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452148716

Category: Science

Page: 128

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Everyone wonders what it's really like in space, but very few of us have ever had the chance to experience it firsthand. This captivating illustrated collection brings together stories from dozens of international astronauts—men and women who've actually been there—who have returned with accounts of the sometimes weird, often funny, and awe-inspiring sensations and realities of being in space. With playful artwork accompanying each, here are the real stories behind backwards dreams, "moon face," the tricks of sleeping in zero gravity and aiming your sneeze during a spacewalk, the importance of packing hot sauce, and dozens of other cosmic quirks and amazements that come with travel in and beyond low Earth orbit.
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Too Far From Home

A Story of Life and Death in Space

Author: Chris Jones

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407013173

Category: Nature

Page: 304

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On February 1, 2003, ten astronauts were orbiting the planet. Seven headed back to Earth on the space shuttle Columbia. They never made it. And the three men left behind found themselves too far from home. Chris Jones chronicles the efforts of the beleaguered Mission Control in Houston and Moscow as they work frantically against the clock to bring their men safely back to Earth, ultimately settling on a plan that felt, at best, like a long shot. Yet even amid the danger, the call of space is a siren song, and Too Far From Home details beautifully the majesty and mystique of space travel, while reminding us all how perilous it is to soar beyond the sky.
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A History of US: All the People

Since 1945

Author: Joy Hakim

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199989117

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 304

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Recommended by the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy as an exemplary informational text. A History of US is a 10-volume, award-winning series about the birth and development of the United States as related by master storyteller Joy Hakim. All the People, the last volume in the series, covers US History from the end of World War II to the present. This updated fourth edition covers, for the first time, events that have taken place in the past 6 years, including the 2008 election of Barack Obama and the signficance of this election. All the People focuses on Civil Rights in the last half of the 20th Century and the beginning of the 21st, ensuring that readers will have a firm grasp of the groundbreaking nature and lasting importance of this movement. Throughout the book, which has been completely redesigned with a bold new look, Hakim portrays contemporary American life in a lively, engaging way. Readers will encounter fascinating stories about famous Americans (Joe McCarthy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard Nixon), historical events (the Vietnam War, the first man on the moon), and major cultural movements (1960s counterculture, feminism). Interspersed features provide further anecdotes about the characters that have shaped the last 65 years--for instance, one conjectures about what Alan Greenspan might hide in his briefcase; another discusses the life and times of Mark I, the world's first automatic computer. Sidebars, illustrations, definitions and quotes line the margins, providing illimitable sources of information and entertainment. About the Series: Master storyteller Joy Hakim has excited millions of young minds with the great drama of American history in her award-winning series A History of US. Recommended by the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy as an exemplary informational text, A History of US weaves together exciting stories that bring American history to life. Hailed by reviewers, historians, educators, and parents for its exciting, thought-provoking narrative, the books have been recognized as a break-through tool in teaching history and critical reading skills to young people. In ten books that span from Prehistory to the 21st century, young people will never think of American history as boring again.
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The Ophiuchi Hotline

Author: John Varley

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110165614X

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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THE BRILLIANT NOVEL THAT LAUNCHED THE VARLEY PHENOMENON The invaders came in 2050…They did not kill anyone outright. they said they came on behalf of the intelligent species of Earth—dolphins and whales. The Invaders quietly destroyed every evidence of technology, then peacefully departed, leaving behind plowed ground and sprouting seeds. In the next two years, ten billion humans starved to death. The remnants of humanity that survived relocated to the moon and other planets. But they are not alone in their struggle—someone or something, somewhere in deep space, is sending them advanced scientific data via the Ophiuchi Hotline. And by the twenty-fifth century, the technological gifts from the Hotline—especially its biological and medical solutions—have created a world unlike any ever known or imagined… From the Paperback edition.
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Fallen Astronauts

Heroes who Died Reaching for the Moon

Author: Colin Burgess,Kate Doolan

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803202412

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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The author serves up a touching, long-overdue tribute to the astronauts who died while pursuing their very difficult jobs, including the victims of the Apollo fire and the two Gemini astronauts killed in a plane wreck, as well as others. Simultaneous. (History)
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Revelations

Author: Barry N. Malzberg

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0575102276

Category: Fiction

Page: 141

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Marvin Martin, the show's host, is angry. Night after night he strips his guests of their pitiful pretensions, their commonplace hypocrisies - but how long has it been since he uncovered a genuine revelation? Hurwitz, who selects Martin's victims, is scared. He made a bad mistake when he chose Doris Jensen; she turned out to be from a competitive network and ruined a taping. Hurwitz's job is in danger. Walter Monaghan, historically, the 29th man to have walked on the moon, is desperate. He wants to tell the Revelations audience the truth about America's "space program" - that it never got off the ground. If he's just another nut, why is it so important that he be silenced?
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False Memory: 15 Stories That I Think Are Actually True

Author: Mani Obhrai

Publisher: Mani Obhrai

ISBN: 1847990223

Category: Humor

Page: 84

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A collection of entertaining tales that pose some of life's more difficult questions: What happens in an inter-species insect fight? Should I get someone to look at that mysterious shooting pain? How does one deflect the amorous advances of an unconscious friend? From the playground to adult life, these quirky stories make for an absorbing read.
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Bold They Rise

The Space Shuttle Early Years, 1972-1986

Author: David Hitt,Heather R. Smith

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803255497

Category: History

Page: 368

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After the Apollo program put twelve men on the moon and safely brought them home, anything seemed possible. In this spirit, the team at NASA set about developing the Space Shuttle, arguably the most complex piece of machinery ever created. The world's first reusable spacecraft, it launched like a rocket, landed like a glider, and carried out complicated missions in between. Bold They Rise tells the story of the Space Shuttle through the personal experiences of the astronauts, engineers, and scientists who made it happen--in space and on the ground, from the days of research and design through the heroic accomplishments of the program to the tragic last minutes of the Challenger disaster. In the participants' own voices, we learn what so few are privy to: what it was like to create a new form of spacecraft, to risk one's life testing that craft, to float freely in the vacuum of space as a one-man satellite, to witness a friend's death. A "guided tour" of the shuttle--in historical, scientific, and personal terms--this book provides a fascinating, richly informed, and deeply personal view of a feat without parallel in the human story. Browse more spaceflight books at upinspace.org.
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The Continuing Story of The International Space Station

Author: Peter Bond

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781852335670

Category: Science

Page: 392

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In this fascinating and well-written text Peter Bond describes the development and evolution of space stations. Particular emphasis is placed on the International Space Station, beginning with the revolution that began in 1970, when Salyut 1, the world's first space station was sent into orbit by the Soviet Union. Defeated in the race to the Moon, the Soviets redirected their efforts towards the conquest of near-Earth space. In the next three decades, their increasingly large and sophisticated structures rewrote the history books as cosmonauts continued to push back all space endurance records. In clear and concise language the book explains how the human exploitation of low-Earth orbit is about to change.
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Disaster Recovery Planning for Communications and Critical Infrastructure

Author: Leo Anthony Wrobel,Sharon M. Wrobel

Publisher: Artech House

ISBN: 1596934697

Category: Business

Page: 325

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Addressing the vulnerabilities in today's critical infrastructure to natural disasters and terrorism, this practical book describes what you should be doing to protect your infrastructure before the unthinkable happens. You learn how to maintain command and control in any disaster, and how to predict the probability of those disasters. Written by two highly regarded experts in the field, this one-of-a-kind book shows you how to simplify risk assessments and emergency response procedures to disasters affecting our critical national and local infrastructure.
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