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[i]Homesteading Space, the story of Skylab, is another outstanding addition to the very popular Outward Odyssey series! This installment, like its predecessors, includes numerous insightful and humorous personal stories, many previously untold, of the brave men who flew these pioneering missions.
I often had the feeling while reading the book that I was at a cocktail party shooting the breeze with these brave heroes as well as many of the support personnel responsible for getting the missions off the ground.
Most enjoyable is the focus on the wonderful leadership skills of Commander Alan Bean during the second manned Skylab mission. Astronaut Bean seemed to walk in the shadow of Commander Pete Conrad on his earlier Apollo 12 mission to the moon where Bean was the Lunar Module Pilot, but I always felt that if called upon that Bean could have taken command and done an equally impressive job. On Bean's Skylab mission he proved his command and leadership skills, and Homesteading Space helps the reader understand Bean's leadership style and passion.
But all nine of the Skylab astronauts are showcased in this wonderful story of America's first space station, giving the reader a close-up look at what it took to test the unknowns of long duration space flight. The book also highlights how the pilot and scientist astronauts worked together as a team to ensure all scientific experiments were carried out as planned.
Homesteading Space tells the human story of a pioneering space mission that proved humans could live and work for long durations in outer space, and paved the way for the International Space Station! It's more than a story about pioneering exploration; it conveys to the reader what it was like to live for months in outer space![/i]
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