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