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How is it possible to spend months inside a tiny metal capsule with only one or two others for company? How do astronauts eat and sleep in an environment where fresh food is unobtainable and nights last for 45 minutes? How do they exercise and keep fit, essential to prevent the problems of muscle wastage? How, above all, do they remain sane under the relentless stress of such an alien environment?
This highly topical book offers the most up-to-date solutions to these questions. Drawing upon the accumulated experience of over 400 astronauts and cosmonauts, Peter Bond explores the key issues of life without gravity, and describes the all-important processes of selection and training that enable these professionals to cope with any emergency.
He presents a fascinating perspective on four decades of human space travel, including the remarkable but troubled history of the Mir space complex, and on exciting future plans for the International Space Station - the largest structure ever to be placed in the Earth's orbit.
|1||So You Want to be an Astronaut?||8|
|5||The Space Transportation System||58|
|6||Walking in a Vacuum||71|
|7||Islands in the Sky||83|
|9||Men on the Moon||107|
|10||The Orbital Jigsaw||118|
|11||Moon, Mars and Beyond||128|