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Out of Orbit - eBook

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<p>On February 1, 2003, the nation was stunned to watch the shuttle <em>Columbia</em> disintegrate into a blue-green sky. Despite the numerous new reports surrounding the tragedy, the public remained largely unaware that three men, U.S. astronauts Donald Pettit and Kenneth Bowersox, and Russian flight engineer Nikolai Budarin, remained orbiting the earth. With the launch program suspended indefinitely, these astronauts, who were already near the end of a fourteen-week mission, had suddenly lost their ride home.</p> <p><em>Out of Orbit</em> is the harrowing, behind-the-scenes chronicle of the efforts of beleaguered Mission Controls in Houston and Moscow who worked 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.</p> <p>Given that no shuttle could come for them, the astronauts’ only hope for a return flight became a Russian-built <em>Soyuz TMA-1</em> capsule, latched to the side of the space station—a piece of equipment roughly the equivalent of a “padded box attached to a parachute,” with a troubled history (in 1971 a malfunction in the <em>Soyuz 11</em> capsule left three Russian astronauts dead) and dated technology.</p> <p>Gripping and faced-paced, <em>Out of Orbit</em> is an adventure in outer space that will keep you on the edge of your seat. In a day and age when space travel is poised to become available to masses, <em>Out of Orbit</em> vividly captures both its hazardous realities and soaring majesty.</p>

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On February 1, 2003, the nation was stunned to watch the shuttle Columbia disintegrate into a blue-green sky. Despite the numerous new reports surrounding the tragedy, the public remained largely unaware that three men, U.S. astronauts Donald Pettit and Kenneth Bowersox, and Russian flight engineer Nikolai Budarin, remained orbiting the earth. With the launch program suspended indefinitely, these astronauts, who were already near the end of a fourteen-week mission, had suddenly lost their ride home.

Out of Orbit is the harrowing, behind-the-scenes chronicle of the efforts of beleaguered Mission Controls in Houston and Moscow who worked 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.

Given that no shuttle could come for them, the astronauts’ only hope for a return flight became a Russian-built Soyuz TMA-1 capsule, latched to the side of the space station—a piece of equipment roughly the equivalent of a “padded box attached to a parachute,” with a troubled history (in 1971 a malfunction in the Soyuz 11 capsule left three Russian astronauts dead) and dated technology.

Gripping and faced-paced, Out of Orbit is an adventure in outer space that will keep you on the edge of your seat. In a day and age when space travel is poised to become available to masses, Out of Orbit vividly captures both its hazardous realities and soaring majesty.

Out of Orbit - eBook

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Author
Chris Jones
ISBN-13
9780307793904
ISBN-10
0307793907

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This book was good eno...

This book was good enough that I read it in a day and a half. It could have been dry and full of technical astrophysics and jargon. But it was actually very readable. Space, space travel, and the International Space Station came alive in its pages for me. But it did make me never want to go into space. Yikes.

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I didnt know how inte...

I didn't know how interested in space I was until I read this book! Chris Jones breezes over the history of the space race in this book, but he concentrates on a 2003 mission that sent three astronauts to live in space for several months. These three astronauts were supposed to come home on the Columbia. But on February 1, 2003, Columbia was destroyed upon reentering the earth's atmosphere, killing the seven astronauts on board. The three men aboard the Interational Space Station were left stranded with no telling when they would be able to come home. Usually with books like this I end up skipping big chunks of the more factual historical stuff. Jones does a good job of keeping it all interesting, though. He breaks up the sections and, though it sometimes felt like he was skipping around a lot, it makes the facts a lot easier to read. I'm pegging this for an Alex award!

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Merely in terms of ins...

Merely in terms of insider astronaut/cosmonaut history, gossip, and lore (did you know Tank Girl is the cult film of the American female astronaut corps?), Chris Jones' book would be a great read, but add the true story of the American-Russian space station crew left stranded in orbit after the Colombia space shuttle burned up on re-entry, and it's . . . forgive me . . . an out-of-this-world read.

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Read this one in a ver...

Read this one in a very short time - kept you curious throughout. Nothing life and death, but it does a good job of painting a picture of life on the ISS, as well as the lonliness of space. Good read, nothing too technical or jargony. Liked it very much.

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Jones does a fine job ...

Jones does a fine job bringing together the broad, sweeping history of the space program with emphasis on the individual human beings who have taken part in mankind's greatest endeavor. The book gives the reader an experience that most would ever have: space flight. It does this through gritty (perhaps gory) descriptions of weightlessness, isolation, and possible and real disaster in space. While it is slightly juvenile at times in expression and exuberance (I'll give Jones a break since he is a sports writer), it is, never the less, a cracking good read. Jones brings a passion to what might be considered a very dull subject. Funny enough I heard an interview with Jones on the Canadian Broadcasting System's "Quirks and Quarks" in which he stated that after completing the book he had absolutely no desire to go to outer-space. I think he might have cured me of that desire too.

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