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Sky Walking: An Astronaut's Memoir by Thomas…

Sky Walking: An Astronaut's Memoir

by Thomas D. Jones

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In a clever play on Michael Collins' "Carrying the Fire", one highlight chapter of this book is titled "Through the Fire", which recounts the safe and exhilarating deorbit of Columbia on one of the author's four Space Shuttle missions. The book is richly endowed with amusing and illuminating anecdotes, and gives the reader a good sense of what it means to be a Shuttle astronaut. ( )
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A gripping first-hand account of life in space and the making of an astronaut. What is it like to fly the space shuttle and work on and in the International Space Station? Veteran NASA astronaut Tom Jones is uniquely qualified to give the details: he flew four shuttle missions and led three space walks to deliver the US Lab to the Station. . From B-52 pilot during the Cold War, to a PhD in planetary science, to the unbelievable rigors of astronaut training, his career inevitably pointed him toward the space shuttle. Until the Challenger exploded. Jones's story is the first to candidly explain the professional and personal hardships faced by the astronauts in the aftermath of that 1986 tragedy. He certainly has 'The Right Stuff' but also found himself wondering if the risks he undertook were worth the toll on his family. Liftoffs were especially nerve-wracking (his mother, who refuses to even get on a plane, cannot watch) but his 53 days in space were unforgettable adventures. Jones uses his background as a scientist to explain the practical applications of many of the shuttle's scientific missions, and describes what it's like to work with the international crews building and living aboard the space station. Tom Jones returned from his space station voyage to assess the impact of the 2003 Columbia tragedy, and prescribes a successful course for the U.S. in space. Stunning photographs, many taken in space, illustrate his amazing journey. 25 b/w photographs

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A former astronaut details his odyssey from Air Force pilot and CIA scientist to an astronaut who flew four shuttle missions, describing his eleven years with NASA and the future of the space program in the wake of the Columbia tragedy.

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