Go For Liftoff!: How to train like an astronaut by Dave WilliamsGo For Liftoff!: How to train like an astronaut by Dave Williams

Go For Liftoff!: How to train like an astronaut

byDave Williams, Loredana CuntiIllustratorTheo Krynauw

Paperback | April 11, 2017

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Find out what it takes to become an astronaut—from someone who knows!How many kids aspire to become an astronaut one day? Wouldn’t it be great to float in space and do neat experiments? But before all the “fun” begins, it takes an incredible amount of hard work to prepare oneself for the ride of a lifetime. Before they are sent to space, astronauts have to go through spacecraft systems training, wilderness training, underwater training, roller coaster–like flight training, and teamwork training, not to mention science, technology, medical, engineering, and math training. Training for flight also depends on being prepared physically, mentally, and emotionally, having the right attitude and learning to deal with problems calmly. Dr. Dave speaks from experience when he describes what it’s like to live underwater for weeks at a time, experience free-floating in micro gravity in the “Vomit Comet,” or catch and eat bugs during wilderness training. With its first-hand photos and amusing illustrations, Go for Lift Off is the go-to book for aspiring astronauts.
Co-Author Dr. Dave Williams is a Canadian astronaut who participated in spaceflights aboard two NASA space shuttles; he also became an aquanaut through undersea research in the world's only underwater research laboratory. Dr. Williams currently works in healthcare and is the CEO of a hospital near Toronto. Co-Author Loredana Cunti is a...
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Title:Go For Liftoff!: How to train like an astronautFormat:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.1 inPublished:April 11, 2017Publisher:Annick PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554519144

ISBN - 13:9781554519149

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Welcome from Dr. DavePassion, commitment, persistence, and optimism are all part of the astronaut attitude. It’s about learning to be your best and enjoying the journey of pursuing your dreams.So You Want to Be an AstronautDo you wish you had a space suit in your closet? Dream of travelling in a rocket ship? Can you picture yourself floating high above Earth? Newsflash: YOU WANT TO BE AN ASTRONAUT. And really, who wouldn’t? Exploring space is one of the coolest jobs on—or off—the planet. If you like science, taking on challenges, and learning new and amazing things, keep reading! Being an astronaut is awesome, but it doesn’t come easy. You’ve got to work to make your dream a reality—and that’s exactly where things get interesting. In this book, you’ll learn just what it takes to have a truly out-of-this world job. So, are you ready to train like an astronaut?It’s Not All Rocket ScienceLearning to be an astronaut isn’t just about science and space travel. Before they are sent to space, astronauts have to go through spacecraft systems training, wilderness training, underwater training, roller coaster–like flight training, teamwork training, and, of course, science, technology, medical, engineering, and math training. That’s a lot of training (and a lot of tests!). But as any astronaut will tell you, the gain is totally worth the pain!

Table of Contents

Welcome from Dr. Dave 4

So You Want to Be an Astronaut 6

Rocks, Docs, and Space 8

Step 1: Develop Your Astronaut Attitude Going Up? 10

No “I” in Team 12

Step 2: Put the Cool in School Whys and Hows 14

Now What? 16

Step 3: Terrestrial Tryouts Space Agencies Want You! 18

Intergalactic Interview 20

Free-Float Fit 22

Step 4: Basic Training You Can ASCAN 24

Astro-Class 26

Putting the STEM in SySTEM 28

A Need for Speed 30 Get Your Hands on This! 32

Super-Cool Simulators 34

The Pool Rules 36 Swimming with the Fish 38

Orbiting the Great Outdoors 40

Calling All Astronauts 42

Step 5: Your Mission Is Go! Special Skills 44

Patch Me In 46

Onward and Upward 48

Further Reading 50

Image Credits 50

Index 51 52

Editorial Reviews

“This pleasing look at what qualities it takes to be an astronaut will be useful for lessons on space, careers, goal setting, and the value of determination.” —School Library Journal, 04/12

- Sandra Welzenbach - School Library Journal