The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed

The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed

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“Scott Parazynski’s drive, curiosity, inventiveness, and great humor shine through the pages of The Sky Below and will certainly inspire future generations to pursue their dreams with every fiber in their being.” —John Glenn, NASA astronaut

An epic memoir from a man whose life is defined by exploration and innovation, The Sky Below re-creates some of the most unforgettable adventures of our time. From dramatic, high-risk spacewalks to author Scott Parazynski’s death-defying quest to summit Mount Everest—his body ravaged by a career in space—readers will experience the life of an elite athlete, physician, and explorer.

This intimate, compelling account offers a rare portrait of space exploration from the inside. A global nomad raised in the shadow of NASA’s Apollo missions, Parazynski never lost sight of his childhood dream to one day don a spacesuit and float outside the airlock. With deep passion, unbridled creativity, resilience, humility, and self-deprecation, Parazynski chases his dream of the ultimate adventure experience, again and again and again. In an era that transitioned from moon shots to the Space Shuttle, space station, and Mars research, Parazynski flies with John Glenn, tests jet packs, trains in Russia to become a cosmonaut, and flies five missions to outer space (including seven spacewalks) in his seventeen-year NASA career.

An unparalleled, visceral opportunity to understand what it’s like to train for—and deploy to—a home in zero gravity, The Sky Below also portrays an astronaut’s engagement with the challenges of his life on Earth, including raising a beautiful autistic daughter and finding true love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781522639145
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Scott Parazynski was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2016, and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including five NASA Space Flight Medals, two NASA Distinguished Service Medals, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, the Aviation Week Laureate Award, the Antarctica Service Medal, the National Eagle Scout Association’s Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, and the Lowell Thomas Award from the Explorers Club. Now a tech start-up CEO and a prolific inventor, he ventures into some of the world’s most extreme environments in the name of exploration and innovation. Scott and his wife, Meena Wadhwa, a renowned planetary scientist, divide their time between Houston, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona. His most important role to date is serving as a doting husband and father of two children.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

The Inspiration for This Book xiii

Chapter 1 On the Shoulders of Giants 1

Chapter 2 Cliffhanger 7

Chapter 3 Rocket Boy 13

Chapter 4 Wanderlust 23

Chapter 5 Dr. Luge 33

Chapter 6 You Sleep When You Die 41

Chapter 7 Say Cheese 47

Chapter 8 Hogs in Houston 55

Chapter 9 Doogie Begins 63

Chapter 10 Rookie Rocker Ride 69

Chapter 11 Cosmobutts 77

Chapter 12 Young Skywalker 85

Chapter 13 Mir MacGyvering 95

Chapter 14 Physician to the Stars 103

Chapter 15 Strength and Honor 113

Chapter 16 Fire and Rain 123

Chapter 17 Remorse and Resurrection 133

Chapter 18 Hail Columbia 143

Chapter 19 Scott vs. the Volcano 151

Chapter 20 Iron Man Smackdown 159

Chapter 21 Rambonauts 167

Chapter 22 In the Blink of an Eye 175

Chapter 23 Sew What?! 183

Chapter 24 That Day 189

Chapter 25 The Goddess 199

Chapter 26 Rare Air 209

Chapter 27 The Sky Below 217

Chapter 28 Moonstruck 227

Chapter 29 Ice and Heat 239

Afterword: The Flight Path Ahead 241

Acknowledgments 245

Notes 249

About the Author 253

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