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An authorsed biography of Jerry Carr
For 84 days Jerry Carr orbited the Earth on board the American space station Skylab. As commander of Skylab 4 the third and final residency the mission set a new world endurance record of 2017 hrs 16 min which was not surpassed by the Russians until 1978 and not by another American astronaut until 1995. Had events taken a different course Carr he could have become the 16th man to walk on the moon as Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 19, but that flight was cancelled in budget cuts. Despite losing the moon Carr feels very fortunate to have commanded the longest flight in history at that time.
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The highly successful Hubble Space Telescope was meant to change our view and understanding of the universe. Within weeks of its launch in 1990, however, the space community was shocked to find out that the primary mirror of the telescope was flawed. It was only the skills of scientists and engineers on the ground and the daring talents of astronauts sent to service the telescope in December 1993 that saved the mission.
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After a 20 year struggle to place a large, sophisticated optical telescope in orbit the Hubble Space Telescope was finally launched in 1990, though its primary mirror was soon found to be flawed.  A dramatic mission in 1993 installed corrective optics so that the intended science program could finally begin.  Those events are related in a companion to this book,
The Hubble Space Telescope: From Concept to Success
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Describes the missions that were designed to help assemble the International Space Station - the task for which the shuttle was  essentially designed

Features first-hand interviews with those involved in the program

Provides insights into the nuts and bolts of how the major obstacles and objectives in the program were approached and overcome

Documents the success of the space shuttle in tackling the most
complex engineering tasks ever performed in orbit

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Between May 1973 and February 1974 three teams of astronauts increased the American space endurance record from 14 days, set in 1965, to three months aboard the Skylab space station in missions lasting 28, 59 and 84 days.  American astronauts did not surpass these records for over 20 years until the NASA Mir missions began in 1995.

Skylab evolved from plans to use Apollo lunar hardware for extended scientific missions in Earth orbit, becoming a platform for research in solar science, stellar astronomy, space physics, earth resources, life and material sciences.  Skylab was where Americans first learned the skill of truly living and working in space, even offering students the chance to fly their own experiments on the manned spacecraft.
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Discusses the development of shuttle operation in relation to early space stations.
Offers an explanation of how plans were created to fly space shuttles with the Soviet Salyut, American Skylab and Freedom and to the Russian Mir space stations.
Explains the concept of utilizing the space shuttle design to assemble and re-supply large space stations - Includes firsthand interviews with those involved with the program.
Discusses revealing documents from the archives of NASA on how the agency planned for   docking a shuttle to a Soviet space station.
How could the newly authorized space shuttle help in the U.S. quest to build a large research station in Earth orbit? As a means of transporting goods, the shuttle could help supply the parts to the station. But how would the two entitles be physically linked?
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In Gemini - Steps to the Moon, author David Shayler unfolds the story of the origin and development of the programme and the  spacecraft from the perspective of the engineers, flight controllers and astronauts involved.  It includes chapters on flight tests, Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) and rendezvous and docking.
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Details the first American spacewalk in a leap forward from the Mercury   program

Follows each detail of Gemini's extended duration flight, NASA's first
relying extensively on archive

Continues the Pioneers in Early Spaceflight series which looks one-by-one at the Mercury and Gemini flights


The flight of Gemini 4 in June 1965 was conducted barely four years after the first Americans flew in space. It was a bold step by NASA to accomplish the first American spacewalk and to extend the U.S. flight duration record to four days.
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The Apollo programme is mostly remembered for the first manned flight around the moon during Christmas 1968, the six manned landings between 1969 and 1972 and the dramatic rescue of the Apollo 13 crew in 1970.  Apollo hardware was also used in the Skylab space station programme during 1973 and for a joint docking mission with the Soviet Union in 1975.

But the programme was intended to be much more far-reaching than just these few missions.  From the early 1960's plans to utilise Apollo hardware for other missions expanded into the Apollo Applications Programme.  In this, extended scientific research flights in Earth orbit would complement an extensive exploration of the Moon and evolve into the first manned planetary expeditions to the planet Mars.
 





In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy committed the United States to landing a man on the moon before the end of the decade. With just a handful of years to pull it off, NASA authorized the Project Gemini space program, which gathered vital knowledge needed to achieve the nation’s goal. This book introduces the crucial three-step test program employed by the Gemini system, covering: The short unmanned orbital flight of Gemini 1 that tested the compatibility of launch vehicle, spacecraft and ground systems. The unmanned suborbital flight of Gemini 2 to establish the integrity of the reentry system and protective heat shield. The three-orbit manned evaluation flight of Gemini 3, christened ‘Molly Brown’ by her crew. A mission recalled orbit by orbit, using mission transcripts, post-flight reports and the astronauts’ own account of their historic journey.
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On 18 March 1965, just four years after Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, Alexei Leonov left his Voskhod 2 spacecraft and became the first person to perform a space walk.  It was on 20 July 1969 that Neil Armstrong took his giant leap for mankind onto the surface of the moon.  Then on 7 February 1984, Bruce McCandless became the first human satellite as he flew an untethered manned maneuvering unit, 300 feet from the shuttle.  Five months later on 25 July 1984, Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space.  All this was accomplished in less than 20 years.






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All these books are authored by David J Shayler - if you wish to have your copy signed   free of charge- please advise at the time of purchase.