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Reflections from Earth Orbit (Apogee Books Space) Paperback – 1 May 2005

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Apogee Books (1 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894959221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894959223
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 0.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,273,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In spite of the recent loss of the space shuttle Columbia, there are those who believe in the seemingly routine nature of space flight. The author's experiences however confirm the tremendous curiosity and overall fascination the world maintains for flying in space. As a public speaker, he talks regularly to thousands of people of all ages and from every walk of life. These audience members universally are inquisitive about life in space and the makeup of the individuals who form the corps of contemporary space explorers. "Reflections From Earth Orbit" is not your typical 'how do you go to the bathroom in space' book. It is a book about life as told through the memories, or reflections, of the author navy Captain Winston Scott. These reflections were prompted by events that occurred during two space shuttle missions as a NASA astronaut aboard the space shuttles Endeavour and Columbia. It has been written that Captain Scott's journey to the stars is a testament to perseverance and vision.

"Reflections" is his attempt to share some of the experiences that drove him to overcome his life's obstacles and become one of a select few who journeyed beyond the bonds of earth into outer space. Through "Reflections" the author takes the reader into space. He gives vivid descriptions of life in space emphasising the everyday aspects of living with which the average, everyday person is curious and to which he or she can relate. As his memory is jogged by an event in space, Captain Scott relates a fascinating story with lessons learned from his past. He has succeeded in capturing the essence of life in space and sharing the space flight experience with the reader. Although not every chapter follows this exact format, e.g. Where Have You Gone Sky King, "Reflections" will entertain, educate, and inspire a general audience. In other words, one does not have to be a space enthusiast to enjoy 'Reflections'.

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Format: Paperback
When I was on holiday with my family in Florida, we visited the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral. In the shop was Captain Winston Scott signing copies of his book. Which is where I bought my copy. I knew nothing about him at the time, but first impressions were of an intelligent and engaging man. The book is paperback and A4 size with many colour pictures. I just wish I had read the book before I met him, as I would have had better questions to ask him at the time.

The book jumps between his two space shuttle missions and his past which is ok, but I prefer to be able to read all about the missions in one go. And not have to wait for the anecdote to complete before we return to the mission. Overall a worthwhile read if a little short.

Captain Scott's life has indeed been interesting and flying Tomcats for the US navy sounded great. He is a good example of you never stop learning in life. I am glad to have read his book, and met him briefly. There is a large picture of him in the science museum in London in the space exhibit. When I pointed this out to my children they didn't even remember him. Obviously Mickey Mouse made a greater impression. Sad as the Kennedy Space Centre was the best part of the holiday for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fast paced great book on inside thoughts and views of a Great American 10 July 2005
By Terrance H. Fregly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The fact I have the pleasure of knowing personally Winston, (WES to his friends for Winston Elliot Scott.) Does not alter the fact this is a great book with the "inside" on a Boy from Miami who who grew up to to be one of the Countries premier Astronauts. Winston tells a great story and each chapter stands alone. He shares with the reader his thoughts and breath of knowledge of aviation and space . He is truly an aviator, who shares a great deal with the aviation, space and community.

The book is not a book on Winston or his life but rather a compliation of his "reflections" hence the title.

I recommend this book and have purchased copies for all my friends.

Terry Fregly
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Bravo Zulu (US Navy radio term for Good Job/Well Done) 29 Aug 2005
By John Sivyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Reflections From Earth Orbit" by Winston E. Scott is a well written true story about Scott's Experiences as a NASA space shuttle astronaut and US Navy test pilot, with reflections back on his child hood and High School years. At one moment the reader feels like he is floating next to Scott in the total weightlessness of space and the next he can feel the struggles of a young black kid growing up in a poor section of Miami, trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up.

Unlike many successful people, Scott is very humble and states right from the beginning that "No one can accomplish anything of significance without the help and encouragement of others." He gives his High School band leader Mr. LeDue credit for making a phone call to the right people which insured that he was accepted into FSU after already receiving a rejection letter from the esteemed college. Scott states, "Had Mr. LeDue not made that phone call, I would most likely not have entered the navy, become an aviator, engineer and astronaut."

Reading this book is like sitting down with a friend who happens to be a retired astronaut and listening to him talk about space flight and some key events that led up to his magical life.

B.Z., Captain Scott, B.Z.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great book! 13 Aug 2005
By David Lecornu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Well written and to the point, He is a man for all to look up to. He still lives the life, a great and humble man, and a great story teller. He needs to follow up with more writing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Someone should turn this book into a movie!!! 26 Aug 2005
By K. Hawley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I finished this book wishing there was a lot more to read - and thinking the book would make an absolutely OUTSTANDING movie! I'm a big fan of NASA and the space program, so I compare Captain Scott's book to Homer Hickam's book "Rocket Boys" (the book that the movie "October Sky" is based on). Both had a dream as young men and found a way to make them come true, both ended up with NASA, but the edge has to go to this book because you really get to see what happens over the course of a lifetime to result in someone actually getting to be an astronaut and fly two missions on the Space Shuttle! It's an incredible look at the experiences that shape a remarkable life. You also come away with a real sense that the most amazing achievements in life are truly the result of following your dreams and constantly making the most of the opportunities you're given. Add confidence, a positive outlook, and enough determination and you just might be able to fulfill your own dreams some day. Awesome book - 5 stars out of 5!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Inspiring & Moving Story-A MUST READ 26 Aug 2005
By Tammy Dunaway - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have thorougly enjoyed reading Capt. Scott's book. I think many people are like me in that they have always found Space very intriging, the next frontier. In Capt. Scott's story he takes you on your very own space adventure and you live it through his eyes. I found the mix of his personal story along with all the wonderful Space adventure to be most inspiring. He is truly living the American Dream. He dared to dream when his was a very young man and his dreams led him to the stars. You will not be able to put this book down and when you finish it you will feel like you can do anything to achieve your dreams! I can't wait for his next book!
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