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Off the Planet : Surviving Five Perilous Months Aboard the Space Station Mir

Linenger, Jerry M.

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ISBN 10: 007136112X / ISBN 13: 9780071361125
Published by McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, NY, U.S.A., 2000
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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"A hair-raising tale of survival in the forbiding depths of space, OFF THE PLANET tells, for the first time, the complete story of that ill-starred mission. Not since Apollo 13 had a mission been beset by so many near-fatal catastrophes. But while the former lasted only for a few breathless days, the Mir mission went on for five months-132 days of unremitting danger and deprivation that stretched the crew's ingenuity, endurance, and courage to the limit." This book has 259 pages and is illustrated. The book is signed twice by the author, once as a STYLIZED SIGNATURE flowing vertically on the inside cover and a second, which is a PRESENTATION SIGNATURE on the front endpaper. Bookseller Inventory # 042058

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Title: Off the Planet : Surviving Five Perilous ...

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: Ninth Printing

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“An engrossing report.”―Booklist “Vividly captures the challenges and privations [Dr. Linenger] endured both before and during his flight.”―Library Journal Nothing on earth compares to Off the Planet―Dr. Jerry Linenger’s dramatic account of space exploration turned survival mission during his 132 days aboard the decaying and unstable Russian space station Mir. Not since Apollo 13 has an American astronaut faced so many catastrophic malfunctions and life-threatening emergencies in one mission. In his remarkable narrative, Linenger chronicles power outages that left the crew in complete darkness, tumbling out of control; chemical leaks and near collisions that threatened to rupture Mir’s hull; and most terrifying of all―a raging fire that almost destroyed the space station and the lives of its entire crew.


Imagine yourself in a decaying space station far away from the atmosphere you never realized you needed so badly, not knowing if the next malfunction would kill you or merely keep you busy. Dr. Jerry M. Linenger experienced just this and describes his harrowing but ennobling five months aboard Mir in Off the Planet, a memoir that evokes the excitement of living every day as a life-threatening adventure. Linenger's very personal writing style draws the reader into the story quickly, breezing through his childhood, Annapolis training, medical school, and selection as an astronaut, then moving quickly to the Mir assignment and its aftermath.

Linenger isn't shy about sharing his opinions. Chapter titles like "Broken Trust" and "An Attempted Coverup" show his feelings about the bizarre relationship between the crew and mission control that may have kept him and his Russian comrades in constant danger. He also heaps praise on his fellow crew members and family for their strength and perseverance throughout the mission--between communication difficulties, the cloud of doubt surrounding the station's systems, and problems like fires and toxic fumes, it's a wonder anyone survived with their sanity intact. The full-color pictures accompanying the text add further insight into life aboard Mir. --Rob Lightner

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