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As the United States and the Soviet Union went from exploring space to living in it, a space station was conceived as the logical successor to the Apollo moon program. But between conception and execution there was the vastness of space itself, to say nothing of monumental technological challenges. Homesteading Space, by two of Skylab’s own astronauts and a NASA journalist, tells the dramatic story of America’s first space station from beginning to fiery end.
 
Homesteading Space is much more than a story of technological and scientific success; it is also an absorbing, sometimes humorous, often inspiring account of the determined, hardworking individuals who shepherded the program through a near-disastrous launch, a heroic rescue, and an exhausting study of Comet Kohoutek, as well as the lab's ultimate descent into the Indian Ocean. Featuring the unpublished in-flight diary of astronaut Alan Bean, the book is replete with the personal recollections and experiences of the Skylab crew and those who worked with them in training, during the mission, and in bringing them safely home.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. viii-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxi-xxiv
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xxv-xxvi
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  1. 1. From the Ground Up
  2. pp. 1-36
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  1. 2. The Homesteaders
  2. pp. 37-64
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  1. 3. Getting Ready to Fly
  2. pp. 65-94
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  1. 4. Fifty-six Days in a Can
  2. pp. 95-120
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  1. 5. A Tour of Skylab
  2. pp. 121-134
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  1. 6. Ten Days in May
  2. pp. 135-166
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  1. 7. "We Fix Anything"
  2. pp. 167-236
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  1. 8. "Marooned"
  2. pp. 237-261
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  1. 9. High Performance
  2. pp. 261-332
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  1. 10. Sprinting a Marathon
  2. pp. 333-398
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  1. 11. Science on Skylab
  2. pp. 399-444
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  1. 12. What Goes Up . . .
  2. pp. 445-460
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  1. 13. The Legacy of Skylab
  2. pp. 461-470
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  1. Appendix: Alan Bean's In-Flight Diary
  2. pp. 471-518
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 519-520
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803219014
MARC Record
OCLC
299180503
Pages
1032
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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