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Living in space
Caprara, Giovanni.
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Uniform Title:
Abitare lo spazio English
Publication Information:
Willowdale, Ont. ; Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
213 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Translation of: Abitare lo spazio.

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Reading Level:
1310 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC High School 11 15 Quiz: 28536 Guided reading level: NR.
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TL797 .C3613 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
TL797 .C3613 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Living in space is no longer just a dream. In a few short years, international cooperation between the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, Canada and Brazil has resulted in man's first successful attempt to live in space.And after many projects and some experimental space stations, like the Russian Salyut and Mir or the American Skylab, we are almost ready to launch the Great International Base, a stable space station geared towards the future. As large as a football field, this engineering masterpiece is scheduled for completion in 2002. It will host six people, and astronauts of every nationality are expected to do extensive traveling to and from the station in orbit.Many scientific studies will be conducted on board and even more eagerly anticipated are the preparations for the great journey to Mars that will begin soon after."Living in Space" tells the story of the orbital pioneers of the past and the fascinating future that now lies open before us. It narrates this century old story that combines science fiction stories, scientific and technological breakthroughs, political intrigue and imaginative ideas where fantasy, imagination and adventure are basic ingredients for every past and future endeavor.With the aide of numerous pictures, some published for the first time, we have the full story of the successes and disasters, of how courageous astronauts lived and, above all, what future living conditions will be like in the near future.

Author Notes

Giovanni Caprara is a scientific contributor to Italy's leading daily newspaper and has also written many books on space including "The Book of Space Launches," "The Complete Encyclopedia of Space Satellites," and "Exploring the Solar System." He is a Fellow of the British Planetary Society, The American Planetary Society and President of the Italian Space Society at the Museum of Science in Milan.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Current through 1999, this Italian picture book covers the history of the concept as well as the reality of space habitation, from the theoretical work of Hermann Noordung in the 1920s to the first launchings of modules for the International Space Station. It also presents fictional space stations, including those in the movies 2001, Star Wars, and Aliens; the classic "wheel" proposed by Wernher von Braun; and so on. Much of the text covers areas already dealt with in other recent histories of space flight, but Caprara's selection of graphic material is marvelous. Certain to be devoured by casual space buffs and serious space advocates alike, this lavish volume should be welcomed by both space exploration and popular culture library collections. --Roland Green

Choice Review

This large work, originally published in Italian in 1998, presents the history of the space station concept, from the original thoughts of Tsiolkovsky in 1902 to the present. As a history of the growing human adventure in space, Caprara presents an easy-to-read and very balanced account of the problems, the aborted designs, and the successes of the Russians and the Americans, as well as contributions of the Germans in the 1930s and '40s. The author describes how the moon race slowed the development of space stations. He explains how the sweep of development from the US's Skylab and the joint Apollo-Soyuz effort through the Russian Salyuts and Mir, all led to the International Space Station, currently being built in space through the support of many nations. Strengthened by excellent descriptions of concepts not pursued, the book describes the planning and background for completed space stations. The role of military human-in-space efforts is shown, together with the rationale that led to the resolution of our competition between the shuttle and the space station. Since the latter needed the former, the shuttle was built first. Beautifully presented color photographs and diagrams. Appendix with chapter contents; short index of names; adequate bibliography. General readers; undergraduates; two-year technical program students. W. E. Howard III formerly, Universities Space Research Association



Preface It took a century for the dream of a large space station in orbit around the Earth to become a reality. Russian pioneer Konstantin Tsiolkovsky was the first was the first to attempt to give concrete form to the science fictional visions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. After the initial conquest of space with Sputnik 1, a series of projects, attempts and successes brought the grand idea to maturity, giving rise to the first embryonic space laboratories, from Salyut to Skylab. These were the first, hesitant steps in learning how to build a "cosmic house" where humans could live untroubled and work for the benefit of science and life on Earth. The odyssey of Russia's Mir closed the pioneering age, opening the way for a large stable, orbiting settlement. Thus was born the International Space Station, the largest engineering undertaking of all time and the extraordinary result of a common effort that unites the resources, abilities and desires of many nations. In this way, it becomes the first symbol of humankind united in the exploration of space: humanity in space representing planet Earth This book recounts a 100-year-long story of human achievement, scientific and technological enterprises, politics and fantastic dreams. In space, imagination and the spirit of adventure are the basic ingredients for every past and future initiative. Giovanni Caprara Excerpted from Living in Space: From Science Fiction to the International Space Station by Giovanni Caprara All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Science Fiction and pioneer visions: From science fiction dreams to von Braun's wheel
Chapter 2 The first American station: From civilian and military projects to Skylab
Chapter 3 The Russian Salyut stations: Seven military and civilian laboratories
Chapter 4 The odyssey of the Russian space station Mir: Six living and working modules and many accidents
Chapter 5 Freedom, the "paper station": Reagan's decision: an undertaking with friendly nations
Chapter 6 Cooperation in space: ISS The International Space Station
Chapter 7 Colonies in space: From O'Neill's designs to the future.