Off the Planet: Surviving Five Perilous Months Aboard the Space Station Mir

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9780071372305: Off the Planet: Surviving Five Perilous Months Aboard the Space Station Mir

The first complete and uncensored account of one of the most dangerous missions in the history of manned space travel, Off the Planet is Dr. Jerry Linenger's dramatic account of space exploration turned survival mission. Not since Apollo 13 has an astronaut faced so many catastrophic malfunctions and life-threatening emergencies in one mission, and lived to tell about it.

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On January 12, 1997, Jerry M. Linenger launched aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis en route to an historic rendezvous: the Space Station Mir, where he was to be one of the few American astronauts to formally partner with Russian Cosmonauts, as part of a joint initiative to prepare for a New International Space Station. The eleven-year old Mir was battered and dilapidated, and operating far beyond its design life. Still, few anticipated that Linenger's Mir mission would be part of what has become known one of the most dangerous in the 36-year history of manned space travel. Linenger tells the story of those five months on Mir with the immediacy of one who experienced them. His story is also an inspirational one. As the first American ever to perform a space walk outside a foreign spacecraft in a Russian spacesuit, Linenger was an ambassador for NASA and his country, but he was also a husband and father, who missed his young son and his wife, pregnant with their second child. He brings to life the joys and frustrations of space travel, as well as the humorous side of life in orbit. (His on-board shaving cream was a specially formulated NASA brand called "Astro Edge.") In frank, personable, and ultimately optimistic prose, he shows readers what it's like to be an astronaut, trying to live and work with good humor on a rickety, flammable space station well "off the planet."

About the Author:

Capt. Jerry M. Linenger, M.D., Ph.D., is a retired U.S. Navy flight surgeon and NASA astronaut. A naval academy graduate, Dr. Linenger holds a doctorate in epidemiology, a master's in systems management, and a master's in public health policy. He has also been awarded three honorary doctorate degrees in science. During his mission aboard Mir, he logged fifty million miles in more than two thousand Earth orbits. He was the first American to undock from the space station in Soyuz spacecraft and the first American to spacewalk wearing a Russian spacesuit outside a foreign craft. At the completion of his mission, he had spent more continuous time in space than any male American.

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