Astronauts : training for space

by Cole, Michael D.

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Brentwood Library Juvenile Non-fiction J 629.45 C67
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-fiction
Call Number  J 629.45 C67
This reluctant reader book introduces daily training programs that future astronauts endure. Beginning with the list of qualifications astronaut candidates need for the space program, the author continues with details of basic training, trips on the vomit comet, and survival training. Finally, the last stage of training, advanced training, describes how mission specialists, payload specialists, and pilots become ready for the day that they are chosen to fly into space. The details of a mission's spaceflight are presented with simple accounts of the different stages of the mission. This high-interest book provides suggestions for preparing for a career as an astronaut. Color pictures and personal stories of astronaut training are included.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 4^-7. Cole offers two new entries in the Countdown to Space series. In Astronauts, he follows the rigorous training of NASA astronauts, focusing mostly on Sally Ride. Color photos provide a glimpse at the inside of a simulator and at the training spacecrafts used. As liftoff approaches, he switches to a you-are-there approach: "You hear the sounds of the countdown in your helmet. . . . Suddenly you feel the shuttle surge into the sky." In Hubble, Cole looks at the Hubble Space Telescope, describing its various parts, then spending a large part of the book discussing the problems that arose with the equipment and what NASA scientists and astronauts did about them. The book includes photos the telescope sent back to Earth. Both books will be good for report writers. Astronauts may challenge readers to think of space travel in terms of a career; Hubble introduces one of the lesser-known aspects of the NASA program. --Helen Rosenberg"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Countdown to space.
Subjects Astronauts -- Training of -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher Springfield, NJ :Enslow Publishers,1999
Language English
Description 48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 076601116X
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