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Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story (Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Spaceflight) Hardcover – November 1, 2008

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Editorial Reviews

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Pioneering long-duration spaceflight, the three Skylab missions are chronicled here by an authorial team that includes Skylab astronauts Owen Garriott and Joe Kerwin. Written largely in oral-history style, with extensive quotation from participants in the Skylab program, the work explains the genesis of the space-station concept, the decisions that led to its actual configuration, and the station’s near-death experience when launched in 1973. As space-history readers know, critical pieces of Skylab ripped off during its launch, causing a crisis overcome by repairs the first crew made in one of NASA’s finer moments. Less known was a danger confronted by the second crew that compelled NASA to prepare an improvised rescue mission (which proved unnecessary), and not known at all is the fact that astronaut Alan Bean secretly wrote a journal during his sojourn on Skylab. Published here for the first time, Bean’s diary, added to voice transcripts of space walks, produces the you-are-there immediacy that buffs crave. They’ll be delighted to encounter this original work, which is ideal for browsing. --Gilbert Taylor


"A worthy account of an important but largely forgotten program. . . . For those who would like to learn more about the achievement, Homesteading Space offers valuable personal recollections from those who were there."—Roger Launius, Air & Space
-- Air & Space, Roger Launius

"A well-told saga of Skylab from start to fiery fall."—Coalition for Space Exploration
, Coalition for Space Exploration Published On: 2008-12-02

"Published here for the first time, [Alan] Bean's diary, added to voice transcripts of space walks, produces the you-are-there immediacy that buffs crave."—Gilbert Taylor, Booklist
-- Gilbert Taylor, Booklist Published On: 2008-11-15

"Homesteading Space is not just about the scientific knowledge that was obtained in orbit—this is the story of the astronauts who conducted the experiments, who lived in space for weeks or months at a time, and how they coped."—Andrew J. Liptak, Worlds in a Grain of Sand blog
-- Andrew J. Liptak, Worlds in a Grain of Sand Published On: 2008-12-31

"Savvy consumers of space history have come to expect high quality in the "Outward Odyssey—A People's History of Spaceflight" series edited by Colin Burgess. This fourth volume definitely does not disappoint."—Rick W. Sturdevant, Air Power History
-- Rick W. Sturdevant, Air Power History

Product details

  • Item Weight : 2.13 pounds
  • Hardcover : 548 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0803224346
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0803224346
  • Product Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.75 x 9.25 inches
  • Publisher : University of Nebraska Press (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 26 ratings