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Waystation to the stars : the story of Mir, Michael and me
Foale, Colin.
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Publication Information:
London : Headline, 1999.
Physical Description:
x, 278 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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TL789.85.F63 F635 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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WAYSTATION TO THE STARS is the exclusive story of British astronaut Michael Foale, the hero of the Mir space station crisis of 1997. Told by Michael's father Colin Foale, this is a gripping account of a real-life space adventure, as the ageing Russian station underwent a series of crises from a horrific collision to a potentially fatal computer crash. Michael - whose quick thinking and natural leadership saved the day - was in close contact with his father during his ordeal and Colin Foale has painted a moving portrait of courage in the most hostile environment imaginable. Through Michael's early interest in space, family tragedy, NASA selection and training, this is Michael's extraordinary story as told by the one man who knows him best.

Author Notes

Air Commodore Colin Foale is a former RAF pilot who has experienced first-hand the kind of split-second life-or-death decisions that his son experienced in space.

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Booklist Review

Colin, the father of astronaut Michael Foale, relates in detail his son's dangerous sojourn on Russia's Mir station. A former RAF pilot, Foale pere reflects on the risks of space flight by recalling incidents in his own flying career, adding to them the Foale family tragedy--a car wreck that spared Michael but not his girlfriend and brother. So perhaps with thoughts that risk can be managed but fate not avoided, Foale fils in May 1997 relieved Jerry Linenger, whose haggard stay on Mir was recounted in Off the Planet [BKL Jl 99]. Unlike Linenger, this author is quite positive about the operation of the Mir complex--or rather about the improvisations that staved off a cascade of potentially deadly crises. Foale certainly rose to the occasion, as his father chronicles in an assembly of e-mail in orbit and from postmission chats. The popular appeal of Foale's travails may be boosted with his return to the news in December 1999, when he will be fixing the Hubble Space Telescope. --Gilbert Taylor