- Hardcover: 213 pages
- Publisher: Mcgraw Hill; Later Printing edition (2003)
- ASIN: B004NK1Z3Y
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Letters From Mir an Astronaut's Letters to His Son Hardcover – 2003
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Writing home to your son/ daughter is always a challenge for a parent. Will they understand what exactly I am trying to convey? Will the person reading this to them understand? Will they ever get to read it as I might not be alive? The book starts out fairly well, Mr Linenger's take is that he's hardly had time to be with his son. The reason to write to him becomes clearer and more focused as the book wends its way to the end.
I laughed. I cried (towards the end) and yes, I yawned at a few parts but I came away with what a beautiful book of a father's pseudo-monologue, Mr Linenger wrote and congratulations to him and the science team and all concerned, especially his wife, whose love comes through in his letters. It's a new side to the '...boldly go where no man has gone before." stuff.
In his latest offering, Dr. Linenger recounts these events as well as many others, using personal letters sent, via e-mail, to his 14 month old son and a few to his wife and mission control. It is quite clear from these letters that he was very proud of his young son, missed him and his wife a great deal and that he felt extremely isolated and alone. Several of the letters I found very refreshing, such as the need to honest (especially in this day and age); however, I also found many of the letters to be rather strange. Dr. Linenger goes into a great amount of detail about the equipment on the Mir, such as heat rejection system and the carbon dioxide removal system. I doubt most high school students could understand what he was trying to say.Read more ›
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