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How to Astronaut

An Insider's Guide to Leaving Planet Earth

Terry Virts



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Workman Publishing
04 November 2020
Mathematics & Sciences; Popular astronomy & space
A wildly entertaining account of the rules, lessons, procedures, and experiences of space travel, How to Astronaut is a book that will appeal to anyone - male or female, young or old - with even a passing interest in space.

Former NASA astronaut Terry Virts offers an insider's guide to astronauting-a behind-the-scenes look at the training, the basic rules, lessons, and procedures of space travel, including how to deal with a dead body in space, what it's like to film an IMAX movie in orbit, what exactly to do when nature calls, and much more, in 51 brief chapters.

Written by Col. Terry Virts, a former astronaut, space shuttle pilot, and International Space Station commander who spent 200 consecutive days in space, it answers all of our curious questions and much more: Here's how to survive that first brush with weightlessness (in the so-called vomit comet); the nearly indescribable thrill of a first blastoff; managing the daily tasks-eating, bathing, doing chores, going to the bathroom- that are anything but ordinary when you're orbiting the earth at 17,000 miles per hour; how to don your space suit and head out to work on a spacewalk ( alone in the vacuum ); how to prepare for emergencies of all kinds, from managing  space brain  to dealing with a dead crew member; and what it's like to return to Earth, including something as seemingly simple as walking after spending six months in zero-g.

A born storyteller, Virts reveals the often-untold side of space travel in 51 short chapters filled with a mix of you-are-there detail, a dose of science made simple, and the inherent drama of describing something few will ever know firsthand.
By:   Terry Virts
Imprint:   Workman Publishing
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9781523509614
ISBN 10:   1523509619
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   04 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Colonel Terry Virts earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the United States Air Force Academy in 1989, and a master of aeronautical science degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Selected by NASA in 2000,

Reviews for How to Astronaut: An Insider's Guide to Leaving Planet Earth

There's something intriguing to be learned on practically every page... This book captures the details of an extraordinary job, and turns even the mundane aspects of space travel into something fascinating. --Publishers Weekly

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