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Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space Audio CD – October 17, 2017
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When Tom Wolfe wrote The Right Stuff, he was talking about the first American astronauts who had come up from the ranks of pilots. Today's astronauts need very specific skills, including being good at language, since being in the ISS requires knowing Russian.
"NASA astronaut and ISS commander Scott Kelly told me that it is only the first ten years of studying Russian that are difficult."
The most important trait needed to be an astronaut is character and drive. Mike Massimino also wrote about that in his memoir Spaceman.
Peake wrote this book to answer the questions people ask all the time about being space. Chapters include Launch, Training, Life and Work on the ISS, Spacewalking, Earth and Space, Return to Earth, and Looking to the Future. There are great illustrations, diagrams, and color photographs.
I can't imagine living in 'a tin can' for months. And yet this is what today's astronauts do. And sharing that space with other people.
Okay, perhaps I can imagine that but I really can't imagine spacewalking. Leaving the 'safe haven' of the ISS for a black vacuum where temperatures can go from frigid to boiling in minutes, unprotected from various flying space stuff. One wrong move and--well, watch the movie Gravity and skip the happy ending. Peake notes it is actually quite easy to fall off the space station. The danger is palpable.
All this while wearing adult 'nappies'.
But other things can go wrong, too. In 1965 a Soviet astronaut was in space when his suit ballooned and stiffened. His hands and feet slipped from their places, and the only thing he could do was depressurize his suit. He was suffering from decompression sickness when, with much struggling, he entered the airlock.
Peake was part of a team to repair the ISS solar panel, restoring its electric power. Being in space gave him "the sensation of being a microscopic spectator in an immeasurably vast universe. It was, at the same time, the most astonishing and humbling experience of my life."
This is a great book for inquisitive minds, from the young to us older folk who grew up with the Space Race.
I received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
Honestly speaking, I had no idea who Tim Peake was prior to reading Ask an Astronaut. I'm now a fan. This book was written really clearly and felt like I was just sitting there having a conversation with him. The questions are done in a chronological type of way starting with liftoff in the beginning through the ride home at the end.
I learned so much that I never even thought to ask. The information contained in this book is thorough and often entertaining. I had no idea that astronauts are required to know Russian. It makes sense, but wasn't something I had ever thought of before. This book would be a great addition to anyone's library. Reading this expanded my knowledge and made me want to pick more books up about astronauts. Completely fascinating.
I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.
Top international reviews
Tim Peake is a total dork. A geek. Sure... he can fly Apache helicopters.
What is amazing about this book is that, at last, you get a non-patriotic, non-militaristic, non-political tour diary of the practicalities of space flight alongside stunning descriptions of the existential elements of being a human hovering above his home planet.
Utterly brilliant, selfless, humanistic piece of 'seat of the pants' journalism.
The 'bullet point' sections and occasional piece of comparative graphic artwork serve well to add a pause to the pure science.
A book on space science that attempts to cross several generational boundaries is an extremely rare thing.
What more can I say?
I couldn't put it down and read it from cover to cover in one sitting.
What I loved about reading this book was Tim's passion for what he was doing and sharing it with those of us who were intrigued.
Reading this definitely puts into perspective how although the world is made up of different cultures, languages, religions beliefs, we all work together at times for a common purpose and goal. The human race is pretty awesome and to see what we can achieve together than apart restores my faith in humanity. Thank you for sharing your experience with the human race.
There is so much more to living on a space station than I could possibly have imagined .This book has left wanting to learn more about outer space . I was worried I might find the book too challenging scientifically and therefore rather boring . Tim Peake , in a world of ridiculous " celebrities " you are a true
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