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Astronaut Tom Jones had trained for years for one climactic moment- his first step through an airlock into the vast nothingness of space. What neither he nor anyone else had counted on was a door that refused to open. But that is the nature of spaceflight-anything can, and sometimes does, go wrong. Ultimately, Jones spent fifty-two days orbiting Earth, including more than nineteen hours outside during extravehicular activity-that is, sky walking. This is the tale of that amazing journey.… (més)
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Sky Walking: An Astronaut's Memoir de Thomas D. Jones

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Several astronauts have penned memoirs over the past 40 plus years detailing their experiences. A few of them are forgettable. Some, I am thinking of Mike Collins' "Carrying the Fire and Walt Cunningham's "The All-American Boys", are classics. With the end of the Space Shuttle program comes a new memoir from Tom Jones. "Sky Walking" is an interesting look at the Shuttle program in the Post-Challenger period. Jones, a former Air Force pilot with a PhD in Planetary Science, gives an excellent view of what it is like to fly four space shuttle missions and about the problems and challenges in involved. Unfortunately like most the of the space program, the Shuttle became a prisoner of the politics of the time and was never funded properly. A hundred years from now, if mankind is still around, and clothed in-it's-right-mind, some historian will refer to Jones' book in writing the history of early space age. ( )
  Steve_Walker | Sep 13, 2020 |
Tom Jones, an astronaut with a background in planetary science, joined NASA in the first wave of recruitment after the Challenger accident and flew four shuttle flights between 1994 and 2001. He covers those flights, and his other astronaut activities, in considerable detail here. His writing isn't flowery or thrilling, but, despite the usual NASA fondness for acronyms, it is very readable, and includes moment-by-moment accounts of takeoffs and landings, which I always find deeply interesting. One thing I am very much struck by in this account is the way that small mishaps -- which occur in space, as they do everywhere else -- can loom very large. Sometimes if you miss throwing the right switch at the right time, the consequences are minor and you figure it out and go on with things. But sometimes a small mistake in putting your space suit on causes you hours of misery. Sometimes you don't get to make a spacewalk you've been training to do for the last year of your life because a door gets stuck and you can't get out of the spacecraft. And sometimes, as the fates of Challenger and Columbia remind us, the results can be tragic and deadly.

I don't know, maybe it makes me feel a bit better about the problems that crop up with my own job. ( )
2 vota bragan | May 30, 2020 |
In a clever play on Michael Collins' "Carrying the Fire", one highlight chapter of this book is titled "Through the Fire", which recounts the safe and exhilarating deorbit of Columbia on one of the author's four Space Shuttle missions. The book is richly endowed with amusing and illuminating anecdotes, and gives the reader a good sense of what it means to be a Shuttle astronaut. ( )
  DeafScribe | Mar 4, 2007 |
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Astronaut Tom Jones had trained for years for one climactic moment- his first step through an airlock into the vast nothingness of space. What neither he nor anyone else had counted on was a door that refused to open. But that is the nature of spaceflight-anything can, and sometimes does, go wrong. Ultimately, Jones spent fifty-two days orbiting Earth, including more than nineteen hours outside during extravehicular activity-that is, sky walking. This is the tale of that amazing journey.

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