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Author Seedhouse, Erik, author.

Title Prepare for launch : the astronaut training process / Erik Seedhouse
Edition First edition
Published Berlin : Springer : Published in association with Praxis Pub., c 2010


Description 1 online resource (xxxv, 246 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
Series Springer Praxis books in space exploration
Springer-Praxis books in space exploration.
Contents 1. A brief history of NASA astronaut selection -- 2. Applying to become an astronaut -- 3. Selection -- 4. Astronaut probationary training -- 5. Technical assignments -- 6. Types of mission -- 7. Mission training -- 8. Astronaut selection and training in the future -- 9. The spacecraft and the launch team -- 10. Ten weeks and counting -- 11. The final count
Summary To be an astronaut is the dream of thousands of young - and not so young - people. But is the life as glamorous as we think it is? First, each applicant must navigate a protracted application and selection process, submit to lengthy medicals, take dozens of aptitude tests, and face an interview panel. If successful, the wannabe spacefarer is then subjected to a guantlet of instruction. From being strapped into centrifuges to experiencing microgravity onboard NASA's aptly named 'vomit comet, ' the astronaut candidate's (Ascan) trainging is as relentless as it is arduous. In addtion to covering more than two hundred classroom subjects, as Ascan will complete over fifteen hundred hours of instruction, including training in high-performance jets, sea survival, emergency evacuation preparation, and surgery in microgravity. Prepare for Launch provides a unique insight into the astronaut application, selection, and training process. It chronicles the intense, highly technical and sophisticated training necessary to forge a flight crew capable of responding to any conceivable emergency and capable of expertly executing hundreds of mission tasks. This book uniquely explores the preparation required to apply and train for the most challenging and demanding job in the world
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Astronauts -- Training of
Space flight.
Space Flight
Astronauts -- Training of
Space flight
Vol spatial -- EntraƮnement.
Lanceurs (astronautique)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781441913500