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Off the planet : surviving five perilous months aboard the space station Mir
Linenger, Jerry M.
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Publication Information:
New York : McGraw-Hill, [2000]

Physical Description:
x, 259 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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TL789.85.L56 A3 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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"An engrossing report."--Booklist"Vividly captures the challenges and privations [Dr. Linenger] endured both before and during his flight."--Library JournalNothing on earth compares to Off the Planet--Dr. Jerry Linenger's dramatic account of space exploration turned survival mission during his 132 days aboard the decaying and unstable Russian space station Mir.Not since Apollo 13 has an American astronaut faced so many catastrophic malfunctions and life-threatening emergencies in one mission. In his remarkable narrative, Linenger chronicles power outages that left the crew in complete darkness, tumbling out of control; chemical leaks and near collisions that threatened to rupture Mir's hull; and most terrifying of all--a raging fire that almost destroyed the space station and the lives of its entire crew.

Author Notes

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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Part 1 On the Planet
1. Looking Upwardp. 3
2. Becoming an Astronautp. 5
3. Hello, Russiap. 16
4. Hanging Out in Star Cityp. 28
5. Training, Russian Stylep. 38
6. Tomorrow, Mirp. 48
7. Crew Quartersp. 57
8. Off to Workp. 64
Part 2 Off the Planet
9. Docking a One-Hundred-Ton Space Shuttlep. 75
10. My First Days on Mirp. 88
11. The Arrival of Vasily and Sashap. 92
12. "Fire!"p. 99
13. An Attempted Coverupp. 111
14. Cosmonauts, Da! Mission Control, Nyet!p. 118
15. The Glories of Earth Gazingp. 135
16. Profound Isolationp. 149
17. Escaping a Near-Death Collisionp. 160
18. Housekeeping in Spacep. 178
19. Hurtling Into Nothingnessp. 184
20. Broken Trustp. 194
21. Taking a Strollp. 203
22. Going Homep. 211
23. Even the Air Tastes Sweetp. 220
Part 3 Back on the Planet
24. Home at Lastp. 231
25. Getting Back on My Feetp. 237
26 Aftershockp. 241
27. "Are You Glad You Flew on Mir?"p. 246
Indexp. 255