Describes the experiences of those who ride in the NASA space shuttle, including the sensation of weightlessness, the ways they eat and bathe, and the special exercises performed in space.
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Grade 4-6-- Based on the gigantic-screen IMAX film of the same name, this oversized, handsome book takes a look at our space-shuttle program, capturing the drama and excitement of space travel. Using a 1984 mission as her springboard, Embury launches into a lively, specific, and up-to-date discussion of shuttle history, technology, and use; the care and feeding of astronauts; the problem of orbital debris; how the film was made; and related topics--including the obligatory mention of the "vomit comet" and a detailed, long-overdue description of the shuttle toilet. Plenty of excellent quality full-page photographs from the film and other sources highlight a well-chosen selection of brightly colored illustrations. The book concludes with a spread of commemorative postage stamps and an essay on how the shuttles were named. A fine introduction to the subject, shorter than Sally Ride's To Space and Back (Lothrop, 1986), but as well thought out and as visually attractive. --John Peters, New York Public Library
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1991. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 60218142