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How to astronaut : an insider's guide to leaving planet Earth / Terry Virts.

Virts, Terry, 1967- (author.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 629.45 VIR (Text) 33500013294327 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library 629.45 VIR (Text) 33500013294319 New Checked out 10/28/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781523509614
  • ISBN: 1523509619
  • Physical Description: ix, 310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Workman Publishing, [2020]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes an index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: Not your father's astronaut book: but he'll like it too! -- Training -- Launch -- Orbit -- Spacewalking -- Deep space -- Re-entry -- Afterword: Isolation: better on Earth or in space?
Summary, etc.:
Former NASA astronaut Terry Virts offers an insider's guide to astronauting--a behind-the-scenes look at the training, the basic rules, lessons, and procedures of space travel, including how to deal with a dead body in space, what it's like to film an IMAX movie in orbit, what exactly to do when nature calls, and much more.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 August #1
    How to Astronaut is an amusing and enlightening insight into an astronaut's work life. Virts joined NASA near the end of the construction of the International Space Station (ISS) and continued as an ISS crew member. During his time, he led crews, performed space walks, docked the space shuttle to the ISS, worked as a medical officer, performed many science experiments, and even filmed an IMAX documentary—all of this after his first career as a fighter and test pilot with the U.S. Air Force. He shares stories from his many experiences: what it's like to train, the terror of a launch, how to handle weightlessness, the pains of suiting up, how physically demanding space walks are, what the Earth is like from orbit, how astronauts eat, sleep, work, play, and—yes—go to the bathroom. This is an eye-opening insider's view on what it's really like to be an astronaut: the joys, the dangers, the fear, and the day-to-day reality of it. Virts' writing is humorous, playful, down to earth, and often wise. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Colonel Terry Virts earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the United States Air Force Academy in 1989, and a master of aeronautical science degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Selected by NASA in 2000, he was the pilot of STS-130 mission aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour. In March 2015, Virts assumed command of the International Space Station, and spent over 200 days on it. Virts is one of the stars (and photographers) of the IMAX film, A Beautiful Planet, released in April 2016. He is also the author of View from Above (National Geographic, 2017). He lives near Houston.

Subject: Virts, Terry, 1967-
Astronautics > Biography.
Astronauts > United States > Biography.
Manned space flight > Biography.
Menus for space flight > Biography.
Space flight training > Biography.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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