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My Countdown (Paperback)

Lena De Winne

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ISBN 10: 1926837096 / ISBN 13: 9781926837093
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Paperback. The author has the distinction of being the only wife of a European astronaut who has also worked in the area of human spaceflight. Her story is told from a unique perspective. Lena De Win.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 172 pages. 0.292. Bookseller Inventory # 9781926837093

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Title: My Countdown (Paperback)

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The author is the only wife of a European astronaut so far who has worked in the area of human spaceflight. This makes the perspective of her story unique. Lena understands the ins and outs of the system and lived through it as an intense personal experience.
The crew and the other two spouses of her husband's ISS mission have supported the book and have provided information about their experience which is included in this book. My Countdown is written during the flight itself. It reads like a novel but it is a vivid account of true events told while they were happening. It is emotionally consuming it contains popular information about space science and technology the reader will come out of reading this book with a good overview of the current human spaceflight program it is inspirational in a sense that all the characters are real self-made people. My Countdown will encourage the reader to pursue their own dreams.
This is the first ever book written by the wife of an ISS astronaut. It is different from many astronaut biographies because it is written by the actual participant and not by a ghost-writer; and because it tells a story of both the crew and the spouses in one combined story.

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The author has the distinction of being the only wife of a European astronaut who has worked in the area of human spaceflight. Her story is told from a unique perspective. Lena provides a first hand account of the ins and outs of the complex astronaut spaceflight system.

My Countdown captures the individual stories of crewmembers Roman Romanenko, Bob Thirsk, Frank De Winne and their spouses Julia, Brenda and Lena, as they prepare and embark on a unique spaceflight mission. Delivered with raw emotional intensity, it reads like a novel, sharing the aspirations, anguish, surprises and disappointments of its subjects. Yet it is resolutely biographical, offering a vivid recollection of events as they happened. An easy but precise overview of space science and technology is also provided. Readers will not only become familiarized with the human space flight program, they will also be left with an exhilarating sense of having been a part of the adventure.

My Countdown is suffused with an intamacy and honesty that renders the lives of the crew and their spouses in an unprecendented light.

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