Ask the Astronaut: A Galaxy of Astonishing Answers to Your Questions on Spaceflight

Ask the Astronaut: A Galaxy of Astonishing Answers to Your Questions on Spaceflight

by Tom Jones

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Ever wondered what space is really like? Thanks to his 25 years of training for, flying in, consulting on, and writing and speaking about space, astronaut and spacewalker Tom Jones can answer that question and many others. What do you feel on liftoff? What is weightlessness? Where do you sleep in space? Can you see the Great Wall of China? Jones answers every question you have ever had about space in Ask the Astronaut. His entertaining blend of wit, personal experience, and technical expertise shines in each answer, and together all the answers illuminate the true space experience from start to finish. His engaging and informative responses remind readers of historic space achievements, acquaint them with exciting new ambitions, make them feel like they have experienced space firsthand, and even inspire an urge to explore space themselves. Jones covers everything from the training process for new astronaut candidates and the physical sensations and challenges of rocketing into orbit to what it's like to live, work, and walk in space. Jones also explores the future of spaceflight, both professional and commercial, in the years to come. Ask the Astronaut is a delight for all readers, especially "armchair astronauts" and younger, 21st century space explorers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588345387
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date: 03/22/2016
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,024,351
File size: 17 MB
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Age Range: 10 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tom Jones is a planetary scientist, space consultant, professional speaker, and veteran astronaut who completed four space shuttle missions and three spacewalks. Jones has authored six books, including Sky Walking: An Astronaut's Memoir, and he writes for aerospace magazines such as Air & Space Smithsonian, Aerospace America, Popular Mechanics, and The Planetary Report. A senior research scientist for IHMC, he appears regularly on television news as an expert commentator for space exploration and science stories.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Aspiring to Space 3

2 Training for Space 10

3 Getting to Space 30

4 Ships for Space 48

5 Surviving in Space 69

6 Living in Space 82

7 Working in Space 106

8 Walking in Space 117

9 Risks of Space 140

10 Seeing Space 155

11 Returning from Space 170

12 Rock on Earth 183

13 Exploring Space and the Planets 193

14 Big Bangs and Black Holes: Exploring the Universe 220

15 Your Future in Space 228

Glossary 239

Bibliography 245

Acknowledgments 249

About the Author 251

Index 253

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