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Spacewalker
My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA's Record-Setting Frequent Flyer
by Jerry L. Ross with John Norberg
From the age of ten, looking up at the stars, Jerry Ross knew that he wanted to journey into space. This autobiography tells the story of how he came not only to achieve that goal, but to become the most-launched astronaut in history, as well as a NASA veteran whose career spanned the entire US Space Shuttle program. From his childhood in rural Indiana, through education at Purdue University, and a career in the US Air Force, Ross charted a path to NASA after overcoming many setbacks--from failing to qualify for Air Force pilot training because of "bad" eyesight, to an initial failure to be selected into the astronaut program.

The majority of the book is an insider's account of the US Space Shuttle program, including the unforgettable experience of launch, the delights of weightless living, and the challenges of constructing the International Space Station. Ross is a uniquely qualified narrator. During seven spaceflights, he spent 1,393 hours in space, including 58 hours and 18 minutes on nine space walks. Life on the ground is also described, including the devastating experiences of the Challenger and Columbia disasters.

For readers who have followed the space program from Mercury through the International Space Station and wonder what comes next, this book provides fascination; for young people interested in space exploration and reaching for their dreams, whatever they might be, this book provides inspiration. Full of stories of spaceflight that few humans have ever experienced, told with humor and honesty, Spacewalker presents a unique perspective on the hard work, determination, and faith necessary to travel beyond this world.

  • An insider's account of the US Space Shuttle program, from before its first launch through the final landing, and the building of the International Space Station.

  • A firsthand account of life in space from the first human to fly seven missions.

  • An inspirational story of a personal journey from rural Indiana to outer space, powered by a deep Christian faith.

About the Authors:

Jerry Lynn Ross is an Indiana native, a graduate of Purdue University, a retired United States Air Force officer, and a former astronaut who retired from NASA in 2012. Colonel Ross is a veteran of seven US Space Shuttle missions and holds an individual world record for the most spaceflights flown.

John Norberg is a writer based in West Lafayette, Indiana. John Norberg is an experienced journalist and the author of five books, including Wings of Their Dreams (2003) about the role of aviation's pioneers and trailblazers in the history of flight and space.

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Excellent! REALLY looking forward to this!

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Nice to see another bio/memoir coming out so soon after an astronaut's retirement from NASA, like Mark Kelly before him..

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My book is about to go to print. I believe you will enjoy the stories, and the pictures!

Check out www.jerrylross.com

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I've been looking forward to reading Spacewalker since it was first announced that you were writing your memoirs, and I'm glad it's almost here.

I'd also be remiss if I didn't say that your participation here, even if only to keep us updated on the status of your book being released, is greatly appreciated. I think you'll find the collectSPACE community to be very receptive and gracious for your time.

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posted 09-18-2012 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Shayler   Click Here to Email Dave Shayler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I echo Robert's comments - it's great to see former space explorers (and indeed serving ones) like Jerry view collectSPACE. It demonstrates how popular and important the site is and the work Robert does for us all - especially those of us who try to keep track of events and developments in support of our own work. Welcome Jerry and long may you enjoy the site and its varied topics.

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Thank you for participating in the forum Jerry. We look forward to reading your account.

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posted 09-18-2012 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome aboard, Colonel!!!!!

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posted 09-18-2012 06:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome aboard, Jerry!

From your old PAM instructor ("old" being more of a functional word every day! )

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I am definately looking forward to this book coming out and can't wait to read it. I have met John Norberg and I am currently reading his other book "Wings of Their Dreams" about Purdue famous aviators and their aviation program. It is a very good book about Purdue aviation. Mr. Norburg was very cordial and autographed my copy for me. A very nice person to meet in person as well as Colonel Ross. I met them both in the same night.

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Jerry has been kind enough to pass along an advance reading copy of "Spacewalker," and I can't begin to say how pleased I am with how it turned out.

Really, the best thing I can say is that it's not all that hard to picture Jerry as not all that different from any of us on this board who have dreamed of flying in space for most of our lives. The only difference is that he actually got to live out every adventure we could possibly have imagined ... and then some. Despite everything he was able to accomplish, he never took it for granted.

The writing style is very readable. Some of my favorite parts were actually contributions from his wife, Karen; his daughter, Amy; and son, Scott. To them, he is husband and father, not at all different from your next-door neighbor.

Jerry doesn't spill the beans on the EVA(s) he might or might not have made during the top-secret Department of Defense flight of STS-27. If that's what you're expecting, you might come away disappointed. If not, you'll more than likely love this memoir of one of the most respected, and certainly most accomplished, astronauts of the Space Shuttle era.

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Wow, Jerry Ross is a member! I am a huge fan and had no idea he had written a book until I checked this section of the boards (which I rarely do). Should be an awesome read.

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posted 11-24-2012 01:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can't wait to read this book seeing that my favorite Astronaut Classes are those from '78 and '80.

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Am I correct in that when Jerry Ross' book is published, he and Mike Mullane will be the only Shuttle crewmates to have penned memoirs?

It's kind of funny, too, given that my first choice of Shuttle astronaut to write a book (who hasn't yet) would be "Swine Flight" commander Hoot Gibson.

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posted 12-17-2012 01:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom Jones' book Sky Walking is pretty good too.

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I think he was referring to crew members who flew together. In any case, rather than make this a general discussion of shuttle astronaut biographies, see: Space shuttle crew member biographies.

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That's correct, Robert... I could have been clearer. I also didn't mean to nudge the thread off-topic; in any case I'm certainly looking forward to COL Ross' book!

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AmericaSpace's book review is here.
Ross: I always felt like I was a kid in a candy store – every time that I went to work! What better way to earn a living than by doing what you love and if you had the money you would pay people to let you do what you’re doing? So, I loved it all, in fact on my seventh flight I still felt like a kid in a candy shop and I had that anticipation...

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There will be an enhanced e-book/iPad app of "Spacewalker" in collaboration with the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives at Purdue University. The electronic version features behind-the-scenes videos and still images, with commentary from Ross. The iPad app also includes an interactive quiz and timeline.

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quote:
Originally posted by micropooz:
Welcome aboard, Jerry! From your old PAM instructor ("old" being more of a functional word every day!)
Are you really still kicking!

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Yep, although probably closer to punting anymore, Jerry! Looking forward to seeing you at the National Air and Space Museum on the 31st!

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I downloaded the iPad app the other day and it is fantastic. It has the text of the book along with a bunch of extra features such as photos and videos. I still intend to order a signed copy from Purdue (my alma mater too!) but the app will be great for reading next time I'm traveling.

For those that haven't seen it yet - the app is $9.99 well spent.

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I agree with the poster above - the app for this is very well done. The video from the classified STS-27 mission is worth the price on it's own. Sorry folks no classified info here; just a fun view of life in orbit onboard the shuttle orbiter. Also great is a home made video of the crew walking up to Atlantis on a launch morning. It's nice to see these people still act like kids in a candy store even after years of training.

There's so much extra here that I'm going to cancel my paper copy. Highly recommended!

Not sure if there's a direct link to the app in this thread. If not here you go.

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Are there any plans for an Android/Google Play version of the app?

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Received my copy yesterday and I am now well into it. So far, so good! It's very readable, and the additions of sections written by others (such as Colonel Ross’ wife and his best friend from childhood) are very cool and lend a different perspective on things.

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Finished Colonel Ross' book over the weekend, in a word, it's outstanding!!!! Very readable with a lot of great information that I've never seen before (especially the story of his daughter, EMU gloves, and George Diller!). Highly recommended!

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The programming on the app version of this book is a little wonky. Some things like the circular timeline feature are brilliant. However once you get into the book itself I cannot find a way to set a bookmark.

If you use the notes function you are sent back to the correct page but the next page turn reveals the cover and you have to manually scroll to where you were. This is frustrating especially if you're hundreds of pages into the text.

It seems the book portion works best if you do nothing - don't set a note, just close the app. Then it seems to remember where you left off when next opened. But this does not give the peace of mind of setting a bookmark and does not allow for syncing across devices.

The programmers did such a great job with most of the app they may want to look at this function, or if I've overlooked something they may need a note in the instructions on using this function. Thank you.

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collectSPACE
Frequent-flyer astronaut Jerry Ross: Seven spaceflights were 'a good start'

There are few people more qualified than Jerry Ross to describe what it is like to launch into space.

Now retired after three decades as NASA astronaut, Ross flew into space a record seven times. Over the course of his nearly 1,400 hours orbiting Earth — including almost 60 hours performing spacewalks — Ross helped save and deploy one of NASA's four "great observatories," worked at two space stations, and served the U.S. Department of Defense on a classified shuttle mission that he still cannot talk to this day.

Ross recounts his experiences in his new autobiography, "Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA's Record-Setting Frequent Flyer" (Purdue University Press, 2013), co-authored with John Norberg.

collectSPACE.com recently spoke with Ross about writing "Spacewalker," his hopes for the book and his thoughts on the next generation of astronauts who will follow him into space, including perhaps his daughter.

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I can't wait to read this book.

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I will start reading it tonight. Thumbing through, I saw a picture with a nice Pontiac. That wouldn't be a '67 Firebird would it?

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I've read through most of the book and am greatly enjoying it.

Besides a biography, it is a comprehensive look at the shuttle program through Jerry Ross's eyes (he was one of only a handful of astronauts who were there from STS-1 in 1981 all the way through STS-135).

I was astonished to learn that Col. Ross, the champion of spacewalkers, is unable to swim. His description of how he was certified for the NBP "pool" is fascinating.

It was also interesting that he confirms the important role of personal relationships in astronaut crew assignments.

Col. Ross also describes the wonders of the universe visible from space in the context of his deep religious faith.

Col. Ross has a knack for describing each of his seven flights, choosing a few facts and anecdotes without becoming repetitive.

The book is well-written (having a co-author certainly helps) and a quick read.
While my favorite shuttle book remains Mike Mullane's "Riding Rockets," Col. Ross's "Spacewalker" is an excellent and accessible biography that tells the story of the space shuttle program-- its triumphs and tragedies-- in the context of the life of Jerry Ross and his supportive family.

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quote:
Originally posted by Greggy_D:
Are there any plans for an Android/Google Play version of the app?

There are ebooks for Kindle and Nook that should be released any day.

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quote:
Originally posted by Grounded!:
Thumbing through, I saw a picture with a nice Pontiac. That wouldn't be a '67 Firebird would it?
It was a 68 LeMans- A great car! My son wishes I still had it, so do I!

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As we have done for other titles with on-going book signings, news and discussion about the events have been moved to their own topic under the Autograph Shows & Signings forum: Jerry Ross' "Spacewalker" book signings so that this thread can be dedicated to discussing the content of the book itself.

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What a great read. Vivid descriptions that make you feel part of it all. If you haven't read it, do!

Jerry, if you renew your genealogy, I hope it may bring you to the UK and perhaps a lecture? All the best in your retirement.

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quote:
Originally posted by Tykeanaut:
What a great read. Vivid descriptions that make you feel part of it all.
I am glad you liked the book!

collectSPACE members may be interested in an iPad App about my career that has recently been released. It contains the complete text of my recent book, Spacewalker, with imbedded videos (some never seen before), additional images with commentary by me, an interactive timeline, and even a quiz. You can find it at jerrylross.com. I’ll be interested to hear your feedback. — Jerry

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Jerry, what a pleasure it was meeting you at Spacefest V and purchasing your book from you. It's been 20 years since we first met at the ASE conference in Vienna, so a long time between handshakes, but I'd like you to know how very much I enjoyed your book, and I've posted a well deserved five-star review on Amazon for you. A great book from a great guy.

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I thought I had put a glowing review here back in April, but I'll do it again. I really enjoyed Spacewalker very much. Jerry Ross has always been one of my favorite astronauts. I couldn't put the book down. Thanks for writing your memoir Jerry, especially loved how you kept your steadfast Christian beliefs and shared them with the reader. Awesome!

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quote:
Originally posted by ColinBurgess:
Jerry, what a pleasure it was meeting you at Spacefest V and purchasing your book from you.
Colin it was great to see you at Space Fest V (along with a bunch of other nice folks)! I saw your very complimentary review and really appreciate you writing it for me.

I just finished your book, "Selecting the Mercury Seven." I really enjoyed the book and found out some fascinating details about some of the finalist that I was privileged to work with during my years at Edwards AFB.

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quote:
Originally posted by dogcrew5369:
I really enjoyed Spacewalker very much. Jerry Ross has always been one of my favorite astronauts. I couldn't put the book down.
Thank you for the nice review! I am glad that you enjoyed the book! God's blessings — Jerry


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