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Eric Anderson is the President and CEO of Space Adventures, the world’s leading space tourism company. Joshua Piven is the co-author of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594740666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594740664
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,145,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DavidHitt on October 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
One of my favorite volumes in my collection of space-related books is a library discard titled "Your Trip Into Space."

The book by Lynn Poole -- "Producer of The Johns Hopkins TV Science Review," the title page proudly proclaims -- was published in 1953, four years before the beep heard 'round the world ushered in the space age, and eight years before anyone would actually take their own trip into space.

It's a fascinating piece both for what it got right, years before the U.S. would being serious work on putting a man into space, and for what it got wrong. Practically on the eve of Sputnik and then Gagarin, the book boldly pronounces, "No one can give you the precise time and exact date for departure. We are willing to take a chance on predicting that man will fly out into space within your lifetime, at least within fifty years." Emphasis theirs.

Looking back from a little more than that half-century later, "Your Trip Into Space" really isn't of much use if you're actually planning your trip into space. But it is a captivating snapshot of the state of spaceflight -- and public perception thereof -- at that moment in time.

Fast-forward now to the present, and a new book with a title that echoes the spirit of that half-century-old library discard, "The Space Tourist's Handbook." This book's bona fides are equally impressive, with the name on the spine belonging to Eric Anderson, president of tourism company Space Adventures. (The author credit beneath Anderson's name adds, "And Joshua Piven, co-author of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook.")

To be honest, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from the book when I first heard about it, and Piven's author credit did little to allay that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
In one of the most unique formats for such a book, the author has produced a highly educational and yet entertaining book on space travel. Written in a tourist handbook style, it starts with a series of vacation postcard style pictures including space pictures, vehicles, and training. From there you turn to the various potential space destinations. This section includes Spaceports you might leave from and destinations you might go to such as a space station or the moon. Now that you have picked your destination you have to choose how to get there. The next section of the book covers space vehicles and systems you might use, what to do when you get there and the approximate price. This section includes information on zero-gravity flights, sub-orbital flights, space shuttle flights, Soyuz flights, and even trans-lunar cruises. For each of them it shows the approximate cost range, training time, and mission time. Of course it includes a section on space flight training including the various exams you will have to pass, equipment training, physical training, etc. Typical of most foreign tourism books it even includes a section on space travel dos and don'ts, personal items to bring along, and even how to approach and dock with a space station. The section on life on the spacecraft includes how to do the common tasks you take for granted here on earth including how to sleep in zero gravity, how to spacewalk, eating, drinking, bathing, and even using the toilet. And, when you are done with the trip the tourist handbook ends with a section on the voyage home. This section includes information on things like reentry and landing.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack Kennedy Jr. on January 6, 2007
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While the significant focus of the book is on orbital space toruism at $20 to $21 million a pop blast-off, (w/o spacewalk), Eric Anderson's book should become more relevant in late 2007 as testing of the commercial piloted suborbital vehicles will be tested above the Karmen Line. I enjoyed the book and commend it for reading by any one have the slightest interest in space affairs. The author should consider a new edition to be more inclusive of the more reasonably priced suborbital flights that hundreds, if not thousands, will purchase tickets to fly as the first decade ofthe 21st Century ends. The new FAA regulations effective in Februray should be reviewed and incorporated into the book and comparative analysis as to what regulations will be imposed in Singepore and the UAE as those commercial spaceports open on non-US regulated soil. But in all, I enjoyed the book, and cite it from time to time in research work writing in this area. It is effective and timely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher B. Shay on April 11, 2011
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It is surprising how little has changed between the pub date of 2005 and this review in 2011.
I especially liked the handbook format, including the two-tone illustrations, and the occasional whimsical aside. (When going through psychological screening, for example, the authors suggest potential space tourists avoid "uncontrollable sobbing.")
Some of the bite-sized topics included herein: astrodynamics, handy phonetic Russian phrases, pre-launch quarantine, and space lunch.
At the current remaindered price, this book is a great addition to my growing collection of essentially vaporous "factual" books on space tourism.
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