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Do Your Ears Pop in Space? and 500 Other Surprising Questions About Space Travel (Physics) [Paperback]

R. Mike Mullane
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7 Feb 1997 Physics
"An excellent reference. This book has to be on the shelf of every space buff." ––James Lovell, Commander, Apollo 13. Get the inside story on outer space from three–time shuttle astronaut R. Mike Mullane. "A fascinating collection of honest, factual, from–the–heart answers to the most often asked questions about spaceflight and spacefliers. Required reading for all who aspire to travel in space." ––Kathy Thornton, 4–mission Shuttle Astronaut, World Record Holder for Spacewalks by a Woman. "A brilliant addition to the understanding of space flight. Only a man who has been there––outer space––and done that––fly the Space Shuttle––could render the complexities of flying in space so lucidly." ––Walter J. Boyne, Colonel, USAF (Ret.), Former Director, National Air and Space Museum. "A highly informative inside view of what astronauts really experience in space." ––Ed Buckbee, Former Director, U.S. Space & Rocket and U.S. Space Camp. "All astronauts have been peppered with great questions. Mike Mullane has great answers." ––Vice Admiral Richard H. Truly, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Columbia 1981, Challenger 1983, NASA Administrator 1989–1992.

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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass; 1 edition (7 Feb 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471154040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471154044
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An excellent reference. This book has to be on the shelf of every space buff." —James Lovell, Commander, Apollo 13. Get the inside story on outer space from three–time shuttle astronaut R. Mike Mullane. "A fascinating collection of honest, factual, from–the–heart answers to the most often asked questions about spaceflight and spacefliers. Required reading for all who aspire to travel in space." —Kathy Thornton, 4–mission Shuttle Astronaut, World Record Holder for Spacewalks by a Woman. "A brilliant addition to the understanding of space flight. Only a man who has been there—outer space—and done that—fly the Space Shuttle—could render the complexities of flying in space so lucidly." —Walter J. Boyne, Colonel, USAF (Ret.), Former Director, National Air and Space Museum. "A highly informative inside view of what astronauts really experience in space." —Ed Buckbee, Former Director, U.S. Space & Rocket and U.S. Space Camp. "All astronauts have been peppered with great questions. Mike Mullane has great answers." —Vice Admiral Richard H. Truly, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Columbia 1981, Challenger 1983, NASA Administrator 1989–1992.

About the Author

R. MIKE MULLANE, a West Point graduate and veteran astronaut, is also the recipient of the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross and the NASA Space Flight Medal. He has been inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is an outstanding guide to anyone who has any questions about space travel! I came across it at the Kennedy Space center and did not stop reading it all the way home to London! It explains the answers in a simple format (Theres no technical jargon)and even throws in some facts and figures to impress your friends with. R.Mike Mullane gives the reader an almost domestic description of space travel and opens up a whole new way of thinking when it comes to outer space. A definate read for space lovers, astonomists and anyone who has ever looked at the stars and wondered. I loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and un-put-downable! 25 July 1998
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Format:Paperback
I bought this book due to a farely recent, but obsessive, facsination with space travel. It answers every question I had ever thought of and more. It also made me think in a totally different way, and so I came up with a whole host of new questions. I feel this book has opened up a whole new part of brain that was previously closed off. Thankyou R M Mullane!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but..... 12 Feb 2013
By deb
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Book was bought for children doing space topic at school and have to say some of the answers are very wordy - even for me.
Children have, however, found it interesting particularly how to use the toilet!!!!!!

Fantastic quality for a 'used' book purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like it is! 11 Feb 2012
By Paraman
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One of the more useful books on space and space flight. Straight and simple answers to the many questions that people have about going into space. Even though written prior to the launch of the international space station the information, like the weather, mostly holds true.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As enjoyable as it is informative. 14 Jun 1998
By Jason Barton (jason@ic.net) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read nearly the whole book the first time I picked it up. Mullane tells it like it is, in a straightforward and honest manner. The back cover is full of testimonials from astronauts and other persons involved in the space program. James Lovell, Commander of Apollo 13, writes, "This book has to be on the shelf of every space buff." I agree!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any doubts you may have about space? Just read the book! 27 Feb 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Is a great book. Mike Mullane has answered the most common questions about space travel in such a way that you become addicted to the book. Tells you how and why things are done in a perspective that you do not need to be a rocket scientist to understand. If you love space, buy the book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prep book for space exploration 25 Nov 2000
By Michael Pinto - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is easy to read and is a must for any fan of space travel. The book format uses one line questions followed up with an answer of a paragraph or two. The great thing is that the questions cover EVERY aspect of life in outer space that you can imagine - sleeping, hygene, eating, going to the bathroom, bleeding, clothing and back pain! There is also a great chapter which gives tips on what it takes to get into the space program. Once I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ! 2 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book at the Kennedy Space Center Space Store and at first thought the cover and title looked sort of juvenile. However, once I started reading it I couldn't put it down! Mullane answers so many questions I didn't even think to ask and answered questions I had in my mind while touring NASA. This book enriched my NASA experience and I feel so much more knowledgeable about what astronauts experience. His writing style is as lighthearted and accessible as it is thorough. From explaining how astronauts have to work the toilet system on shuttles to how they are chosen to be an astronauts to facts about the Challenger tragedy, the simple question/answer format makes it fast reading and easy to go back and peruse. Published in 1997, I wish Mullane would update it and add more, but this is such a good introduction to the whole shuttle experience, I won't complain. In fact, this book has given me a better understanding of the current spacewalks on the space station and the Cassini spacecraft that just reached Saturn's orbit. I can easily see how this book could be very inspirational for a wanna-be or don't-yet-know-they-wanna-be astronaut, as well.
It's always more fun hearing about space from an astronaut who's been there and especially one who includes a picture of himself in a "urine collection device." I guarantee you'll be glad for reading this one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and addictive! 29 July 2002
By Mario G. Perez Fonseca - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Three times Space Shuttle Astronaut R. Mike Mullane answers 500 questions regarding space traveling and life onboard the Space Shuttle. From the technical ones [Shuttle weight or the gravity escape velocity] to very simple questions [Do yor ears pop in space? or Have you seen any ufo's?] this book is a delight for anyone interested in knowing more about the current state of space exploration and shuttle manned missions. The format of the book is quite simple: A question in bold lettering followed by a simple, yet intelligent and informative answer. Topics covered range from Take off, reentering the atmosphere, life onboard the ship to some tips for becoming an astronaut. Some black and white pictures and illustrations make the book a little more atractive. The author also provides the reader with many email addresses throughout the book in order to contact him or other astronauts or space program workers. Once you star reading this book, you won't be able to put it down! A must for space enthusiasts, and if you want to know the answer to the title question, you'll have to get the book...
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