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“Fun to browse… Readers will enjoy satisfying their curiosity about life in space through this accessible title.”—VOYA  

About the Author

COLONEL WILLIAM R. POGUE flew for the USAF Thunderbirds and was a test pilot for both the United States Air Force and the British Royal Air Force before his selection as an astronaut in 1966. He served in the Support Crew of the Apollo 7 and Apollo 11 missions, and was the pilot for Skylab 4, the final Skylab mission. Until recently, he held the record for the longest time spent living in space: eighty-four days.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (September 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031287295X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312872953
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 2000
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Middle to High Schoolers as well as adults will pick this book up out of curiosity and immediately become engrossed. The question and answer format encourages browsing, and the book includes lots of nice features such as an index, a section for related reading, a section of web addresses and mail addresses for space related organizations. Students will find useful report information presented here in a fun format. The book also includes a number of photographs and drawings relating to the questions it helps answer. Students will discover the many effects of living in space from one of the men who has spent the most time there!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1998
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Great book for a middle school or high school library. Answers lots of frequently-asked questions about astronaut's life in space.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By givbatam3 on February 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
I heartily recommend this book to anyone, adult or teenager, who wants

to know what it is really like to fly in space. One would think that astronaut autobiographies would talk about what it is really like to fly a mission, but only Mike Collins' book "Carrying the Fire" really does this. Bill Pogue's book is not an autobiography, but he does, in a question and answer format, tell the reader about the experiences of space flight. Pogue, along with fellow astronauts Gerald Carr and Ed Gibson flew the last Skylab mission leading to the then American record of 84 days in space. This gave Pogue plenty of time to think about his experiences (other astronauts who flew the much shorter duration Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions said that the fact that their flight plan was so crowded, they didn't really have time to absorb the experience).

One interesting thing is that Pogue mentions that he did have some problem with space sickness, but that within a day he was able to work

a full-day's schedule. Apparently, he was somewhat understating his problem because director of Flight Crew operations Deke Slayton who chose the flight crews, said in his book that this crew suffered more than others from this, and Pogue had it the worst which surprised Slayton since he had flown with the Thunderbirds, the Air Force's aerobatic team which puts planes and pilots through violent spins and dives. This shows that space sickness is a different phenomenon than regular air sickness.

Another interesting thing he points out that people don't think about is that once the space helmet is on, it is difficult to deal with itches on the head and face.
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Living and working in space presents an enormous set of challenges, many of which are consequences of the basic laws of physics. Pogue spent 84 days living in the Skylab space station and this book is a collection of answers to questions that he is often asked when he gives presentations about space flight.
The title question is far more complex than one would first believe and leads to a major "Yuck" moment. When one defecates in space, the toilet must capture all of it or there will be fecal matter floating around in the station, which as Pogue explains, has happened. Furthermore, with the law of action and reaction, the action of expelling causes a reaction of movement in the other direction. Therefore, it is necessary for the astronaut to be firmly anchored to the toilet seat.
Before women could serve as astronauts, a way had to be found to allow them to hygienically urinate where all the urine was captured. According to Pogue, NASA found it necessary to carefully photograph women urinating in order to design an effective way for them to urinate in space.
While most of the other questions are not so unusual, Pogue answers a lot of questions about the space program and the difficulties of living for extended periods in a space station. There are physical and physiological changes in your body, some of which are immediate and gradually go away and others that progress over time.
An interesting, educational and occasionally entertaining examination of life in space, this book explains a great deal about life in free fall, where even the mundane and routine can be complicated.
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