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Off the Planet: Surviving Five Perilous Months Aboard the Space Station…
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 007136112X, Hardcover)Imagine yourself in a decaying space station far away from the atmosphere you never realized you needed so badly, not knowing if the next malfunction would kill you or merely keep you busy. Dr. Jerry M. Linenger experienced just this and describes his harrowing but ennobling five months aboard Mir in Off the Planet, a memoir that evokes the excitement of living every day as a life-threatening adventure. Linenger's very personal writing style draws the reader into the story quickly, breezing through his childhood, Annapolis training, medical school, and selection as an astronaut, then moving quickly to the Mir assignment and its aftermath.
Linenger isn't shy about sharing his opinions. Chapter titles like "Broken Trust" and "An Attempted Coverup" show his feelings about the bizarre relationship between the crew and mission control that may have kept him and his Russian comrades in constant danger. He also heaps praise on his fellow crew members and family for their strength and perseverance throughout the mission--between communication difficulties, the cloud of doubt surrounding the station's systems, and problems like fires and toxic fumes, it's a wonder anyone survived with their sanity intact. The full-color pictures accompanying the text add further insight into life aboard Mir. --Rob Lightner
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:38:58 -0400)
Astronaut Jerry M. Linenger provides an account of his harrowing five months aboard the Russian Space Station Mir, chronicling the crew's day-to-day struggle to keep themselves and their mission alive in the face of low provisions, leaking antifreeze fumes, systems failures, power failures, and deadly fire.
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