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Walking in Space: Development of Space Walking Techniques (Springer-Praxis Books in Astronomy and Space Sciences) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1852337100 ISBN-10: 1852337109 Edition: 2004th

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"Shayler’s book provides a step by step account of the development of this extraordinary technique and the technology that supports it. … It is well researched and referenced, includes a bibliography and an index, and is illustrated with black-and-white photos. A significant addition is the appendix … . This book provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of space walking and represents a useful addition to the literature." (International Space Review, September, 2005)

"This book is a concise account of the development of the techniques of extra vehicular activity, more commonly known as EVA or ‘space walks’. … tends to provide a good description of the EVA’s associated with the various space programmes. … This book meets all the high quality standards … books published by Springer-Praxis over the past five years or so." (Jos Heyman, New Bulletin of the Astronautical Society of Western Australia, Vol. 30 (3), 2004)

"David Shayler’s latest book looks at one of his favourite subjects, extra vehicular activity, and it shows. It covers all aspects of EVA in both the American and Russian programmes. … It has a large number of illustrations, technical drawings and a complete record of all EVAs. … This is an essential book for those who are interested in space walks, the technology as well as Moon walks." (Rex Hall, Spaceflight, Vol. 47 (5), 2005)

"David Shayler’s account of the history of extravehicular activity (EVA) is an authoritative tightly packed inventory … . The minutiae of detail are remarkable. The book has obviously been researched to a high degree … . This is more a book for someone seriously interested in the subject … . it is absolutely packed with information, and with its well presented 170 illustrations it is very readable. … All in all, an excellent and definitive reference book on the subject … ." (John Masters, Astronomy & Space, February, 2005)


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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 manoeuvring 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.

Two decades later space walking had become an integral part of space operations and will continue be in the forefront of future manned spaceflight activity. We still await the 13th person to step on the moon and the first person to place their footprint on the red plains of Mars. But what does it take to prepare for and conduct a period of activity outside the spacecraft?

In Walking in Space David Shayler explores the development of space walking techniques and support hardware. In a comprehensive but highly readerable review the author draws upon original documentation, personal interviews and official post flight reports revealing the very personal experience of exploring space and the development of training techniques devised in the gravity environment of Earth for work in the vacuum of space, on the moon and eventually on Mars.

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