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Prepare for Launch: The Astronaut Training Process Paperback – Apr 13 2010

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Praxis; 2010 edition (April 13 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441913491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441913494
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.8 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 608 g
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“In Prepare for Launch you can read a detailed and thorough account written by someone who tried very hard to change his astronaut dream into a reality. Seedhouse’s book contains the nuts and bolts of astronaut training in North America and Europe. … He leads us step by step through the protracted process of becoming an astronaut. … Seedhouse has written an intriguing account of the training process, and his book is a joy to read.” (Carole Stott, The Observatory, Vol. 131 (1221), April, 2011)

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To be an astronaut is the dream of thousands of young - and not so young - people. But is the life as glamorous as we think it is? First, each applicant must navigate a protracted application and selection process, submit to lengthy medicals, take dozens of aptitude tests, and face an interview panel. If successful, the wannabe spacefarer is then subjected to a guantlet of instruction. From being strapped into centrifuges to experiencing microgravity onboard NASA's aptly named 'vomit comet,' the astronaut candidate's (Ascan) trainging is as relentless as it is arduous. In addtion to covering more than two hundred classroom subjects, as Ascan will complete over fifteen hundred hours of instruction, including training in high-performance jets, sea survival, emergency evacuation preparation, and surgery in microgravity. Prepare for Launch provides a unique insight into the astronaut application, selection, and training process. It chronicles the intense, highly technical and sophisticated training necessary to forge a flight crew capable of responding to any conceivable emergency and capable of expertly executing hundreds of mission tasks. This book uniquely explores the preparation required to apply and train for the most challenging and demanding job in the world.

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HASH(0xa1726048) out of 5 stars Tha Astronaut Training Process tp Prepare for Launch Oct. 16 2010
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I am truly amazed at what a contemporary Astronaut has to learn and know. Bioethics! Wow! This training must take years. Today's Astronaut has to know everything about his space craft and how to fix things that go amiss. Their lives depend on this knowledge.
They need the knowledge for at least three degrees. This training is tough. I know several guys who applied and were not accepted.
It was their eyesight. They were so disappointed.

This training has a good reason: the more you know, the safer you are. I worked on Apollo and compared to this, our Astronauts did not have much training because there were so many things we didn't know. Our Apollo Astronauts really paved the way.
I applaud this book. Not only is it interesting, it has great information.
HASH(0xa14b0288) out of 5 stars A Terrific So-You-Want-To-Be-An-Astronaut Primer Jan. 24 2016
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This is an incredibly well-researched and well documented primer for anyone considering entering the astronaut corps or for anyone doing research on the topic. Highly recommended for those needing to get more into the weeds about the process rather than wanting a more intimate personal portrait (ala Mike Mullane's, Riding Rockets).
HASH(0xa14b0e7c) out of 5 stars Five Stars Oct. 5 2014
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Great read if your interested in astronaut training process. Good service.