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The sky below

by Parazynski, Scott,

Format: Print Book 2017
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"Scott Parazynski's drive, curiosity, inventiveness, and great humor shine through the pages of The Sky Below and will certainly inspire future generations to pursue their dreams with every fiber in their being." --John Glenn, NASA astronaut

An epic memoir from a man whose life is defined by exploration and innovation, The Sky Below re-creates some of the most unforgettable adventures of our time. From dramatic, high-risk spacewalks to author Scott Parazynski's death-defying quest to summit Mount Everest--his body ravaged by a career in space--readers will experience the life of an elite athlete, physician, and explorer.

This intimate, compelling account offers a rare portrait of space exploration from the inside. A global nomad raised in the shadow of NASA's Apollo missions, Parazynski never lost sight of his childhood dream to one day don a spacesuit and float outside the airlock. With deep passion, unbridled creativity, resilience, humility, and self-deprecation, Parazynski chases his dream of the ultimate adventure experience, again and again and again. In an era that transitioned from moon shots to the Space Shuttle, space station, and Mars research, Parazynski flies with John Glenn, tests jet packs, trains in Russia to become a cosmonaut, and flies five missions to outer space (including seven spacewalks) in his seventeen-year NASA career.

An unparalleled, visceral opportunity to understand what it's like to train for--and deploy to--a home in zero gravity, The Sky Below also portrays an astronaut's engagement with the challenges of his life on Earth, including raising a beautiful autistic daughter and finding true love.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Astronaut Parazynski possesses the two requisite qualities necessary to become a member of that highly exclusive club of space travelers: intelligence and a steely resolve to overachieve. In calm, brainy prose and with surprising humor, he writes, with coauthor Flory, about his adventures in going where few have gone before him, be that space or Mount Everest. Sprinkling in references to 1950s Americana, like his Daisy Red Ryder BB gun, the man who competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic luge team trials and has received two NASA Exceptional Service Medals also writes candidly about even his most personal outer-space experiences: After a couple of days on orbit, I become bloated and uncomfortably distended when things aren't starting to happen down below, Parazynski writes about the effect space has on his digestion. His relatable, down-to-earth discourse mingles the ordinary with the extraordinary and will have readers feeling like they're catching up with a best friend one who happens to be an astronaut over beers.--Mattalia, Glendy X. Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Physician-astronaut Parazynski, who has taken part in five NASA missions, seven space walks, and a record-breaking climb on Mount Everest, eloquently chalks up his success to the powerful influence of his father, an engineer who worked in the Apollo space program. Parazynski earned a medical degree at Stanford and he writes in forensic detail about what physically happens to a person in space ("Astronauts often develop facial edema or swelling... because gravity no longer pulls blood and interstitial fluid into the legs"). He cites his love of mountaineering and finds parallels between emergency medicine and climbing, such as the need to maintain focus and make decisions in the midst of chaos. Parazynski joined NASA in 1992 and flew into space two years later, calling his maiden voyage "the ultimate amusement park ride." This is a fantastic account of the American space program with its successes and perils, blended with the twists and turns of domestic life and his various illnesses. Parazynski's intelligent and insightful descriptions about the legendary John Glenn, the Soviet space program, and human endurance add depth to his narrative. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Parazynski, Scott.
Astronauts -- United States -- Biography.
Physicians -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First edition.
Contributors Flory, Susy, 1965- author.
Language English
Description xiv, 252 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-252).
ISBN 9781503936706
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