Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story by David HittHomesteading Space: The Skylab Story by David Hitt

Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story

byDavid Hitt, Owen Garriott, Joe Kerwin

Paperback | November 1, 2011

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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 stood the vastness of space itself, to say nothing of the 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, an exhausting study of Comet Kohoutek, and 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 Featuring the unpublished in-flight diary of astronaut Alan Bean, the book is replete with the personal recollections and experiences of the Skylab crew and those who worked with them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.
David Hitt is a journalist, writer, and editor for NASA Educational Technology Services. Owen Garriott is a former NASA astronaut—and one of the first six scientist-astronauts selected in 1965. He was stationed on Skylab in 1973 and later flew STS-9, the first international Spacelab mission. A former NASA astronaut, Joe Kerwin is also ...
Title:Homesteading Space: The Skylab StoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:568 pages, 9 × 6.03 × 1.26 inPublished:November 1, 2011Publisher:UNP - Bison BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803236395

ISBN - 13:9780803236394

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword by Homer Hickam
1. From the Ground Up
2. The Homesteaders
3. Getting Ready to Fly
4. Fifty-six Days in a Can
5. A Tour of Skylab
6. Ten Days in May
7. "We Fix Anything"
8. "Marooned"
9. High Performance
10. Sprinting a Marathon
11. Science on Skylab
12. What Goes Up
13. The Legacy of Skylab
Appendix: Alan Bean's In-Flight Diary

Editorial Reviews

"The success of our nation's first space station did not come easily. The challenges were met with vision, courage, and competence. Those who personified these traits forcefully and honestly tell their stories here unfiltered by writers or press. The result is both historically significant and a great read."—Ed Gibson, Skylab III science pilot and author
- Ed Gibson