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Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 02-19-2013 12:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astronaut Rhea Seddon has a memoir-in-progress, "Weightless: One of America's First Female Astronauts Finds Her Space."

An excerpt can be found on her website.

Despite the hoopla surrounding the selection of six women to the Astronaut Corps in 1978, very few people know how that selection was made, what training was like, how women dealt with challenges, and how their lives unfolded. This book will describe the joys and sorrows, the trials and triumphs that I experienced as one of those women who became part of an all male world. I flew three shuttle missions, married and supported a fellow astronaut, and launched three children along the way.

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posted 02-19-2013 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great find Hart. Tons of great stuff.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 02-19-2013 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's from her pitch (of course, Lucid has since retired):
There were six women in the first astronaut class that included females. Judy Resnik perished in the Challenger accident. Current astronauts are not allowed to publish books (Anna Fisher and Shannon Lucid). Sally Ride passed away in 2012. Kathy Sullivan may be writing her story, but she never married or had children and her career was quite different from mine. Several men have written about their experiences on the space shuttle and the international space station (Mike Mullane, Tom Jones, Jerry Linnenger, et cetera), but they speak from a male perspective.
I plan on dropping her a note saying I'm looking forward to her book — and that her husband should write one, too.

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posted 02-19-2013 11:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really hope Dr. Seddon's book sees print and finds an audience. If I'm not mistaken, Sally Ride wrote a couple of books aimed at young readers, but it seems to me that there's been a large void in the history of the shuttle program left by the fact that none of the (living) TFNG women have chosen to write a serious, adult memoir.

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posted 02-20-2013 09:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for herranzc   Click Here to Email herranzc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also, in her book proposal she has done her 'homework' by listing what she calls Competitive Titles in Print. A good starting point and guide to books about women in space.

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posted 02-07-2014 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMacKinnon   Click Here to Email BMacKinnon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to Carl Walker, he made me aware of an excerpt from Dr. Seddon's memoir in an issue of a magazine called 2nd & Church.

Hopefully she can find someone to help represent her memoir (per a post on her website's homepage). I look forward to reading Rhea's book when it comes out!

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posted 02-12-2014 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If she can sneak in a perspective or two from her husband 'Hoot' Gibson, it would be great to see how both balanced career and family all these years - and stay married to tell about it.

ColinBurgess
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posted 02-12-2014 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did contact Dr. Seddon in September to ask if she might consider her memoir becoming a part of the Outward Odyssey series. In her friendly response she stated that she would consider all options including this when it came time to seek out a publisher.

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posted 02-22-2014 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hopefully this will become a book someday. It would be a great memoir to read and have in a collection.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-04-2014 06:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to Rhea Seddon's updated website, the new title of her book is "Go for Orbit: One of America's First Female Astronauts Finds Her Space," and it is "coming in 2015."

astro-nut
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posted 11-01-2014 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking forward to this one! Gee, would Hoot do a forward for her in her book?

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posted 06-02-2015 09:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silent Sea     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The book is now available to order.

There's also an option for getting an autographed copy.

David C
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posted 06-03-2015 05:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And I've taken that option. Should be a good read.

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posted 06-03-2015 07:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info!

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posted 06-03-2015 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info; just ordered an autographed copy.

Larry McGlynn
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posted 06-03-2015 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I purchased the book at the Astronaut Hall of Fame induction. Rhea Seddon signed the book and inscribed it.

The book is the heaviest book of it's size that I have ever held. It is a book of high quality construction and printing. I plan to read it, but I won't take it on a plane due to weight restrictions.

That being said, I have read a section of it and it is well written and illuminating about how a married woman, mother, doctor and astronaut managed to combine all that together. She is pretty remarkable.

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posted 06-03-2015 09:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If Larry says it is a great book, then that's good enough for me. Can't wait to get my autographed copy.

OV-105
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posted 06-04-2015 02:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the heads up on this one. I too took the autographed option. Well it really wasn't an option, if I have a choice I always take the signed.

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posted 06-04-2015 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking forward to getting my autographed copy. The gift shop at KSC had one signed for me and is mailing it to me. I wonder if the shipping cost will be higher than the book cost.

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posted 06-06-2015 08:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lm5eagle   Click Here to Email lm5eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Silent Sea:
The book is now available to order.
The PayPal site quotes a shipping cost. Can anybody tell me if shipping to UK is extra? I am happy to pay whatever cost. Thanking you in anticipation.

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posted 06-06-2015 10:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope she covers the STS-41F flight getting cancelled and also the switch from STS-51E to STS-51D. Thinking back now the STS-41D abort would set thing in motion to change lives in 19 months.

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posted 06-07-2015 12:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by lm5eagle:
Can anybody tell me if shipping to UK is extra?
Emailed via the contact page of the website and via the Google Mail account 3 days ago. Still waiting.

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posted 06-07-2015 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I too have left a message on her website for a signed copy enquiring of the cost to send to UK and hoping for a reply.

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posted 06-07-2015 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lm5eagle   Click Here to Email lm5eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am pleased to see that other prospective buyers are posing the same kind of questions regarding shipping costs to UK.

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posted 06-08-2015 12:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for john ffoulkes   Click Here to Email john ffoulkes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you use Paypal to purchase this book and enter "United Kingdom" where requested on the checkout, postage comes up as $24.95.

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posted 06-08-2015 01:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is correct (hum, I missed it the first time around!).

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posted 06-10-2015 02:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BA002   Click Here to Email BA002     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At the Autographica show last year, I told Rhea that if she would get her manuscript published I would get a copy. I just ordered mine and am looking forward to it!

I also informed Hoot of my interest in his stories but I'm not sure he's gonna take the bait.

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posted 06-11-2015 03:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have not received my book yet but so far for Shuttle astronaut books Mike Mullane's Riding Rockets and Jerry Ross's Spacewalker have been the best. It would be nice to see a Shuttle CDR/PLT write a book and Hoot is one I would like to see or Dan Brandenstein. They both flew some early flights as PLT's and as CDR pre and post Challenger flights.

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quote:
Originally posted by john ffoulkes:
...postage comes up as $24.95.
Thank you, John. Very useful information.

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posted 06-11-2015 11:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have asked her to bring them to Spacefest next June too.

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posted 06-11-2015 11:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know who writes the foreword, I wondered if it might be her husband Hoot.

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posted 06-11-2015 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is no forward, after a few pages of acknowledgments, it dives right into Chapter 1: The Long Road to space.

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posted 06-11-2015 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a few signed copies if people want to help us (One Giant Leap Inc) out. Yes they are more expensive, but it goes to a good cause.

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posted 06-15-2015 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there any sales outlet that ships to overseas with a less outrageous price tag?

I mean, I am frequently ordering through amazon.co.uk where postage costs are acceptable AND there is no customs charge. But amazon doesn't seem to carry that title.

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posted 06-15-2015 09:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps because it is published by Dr. Seddon's own publishing company, and to save on what may be overhead costs associated with distributing it thru Amazon or another outlet; I also suspect it may have a very low print run. You may want to see if a cS member in the US can buy a couple for his/her (and your) benefit and ship it to Europe via the lowest cost possible. Good luck.

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posted 06-15-2015 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was going to offer, but as far as shipping it overseas, I just checked USPS site and it is over $30 to mail it to Belgium. It weighs over 2.5 pounds. With box it is 2 lbs. 14 oz., so the $24.95 while not cheap is not a bad price for shipping. Amazon must have a special rate because of volume.

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Just finished reading and I enjoyed it very much. Having met Rhea a number of times, I can "hear her voice" in the pages. You will not be disappointed.

By the way, all of the photos are in color. Never saw that before in a bio. Highly recommended.

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posted 06-16-2015 07:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I too have enjoyed the book. I like the choice of photos, the layout and how she writes. A good selection to a collection.

The $25 or so to ship it overseas is right. If you put the book in a safe box/padded envelope it will cost that much to ship.

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posted 06-23-2015 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just finished the book. Another good book by a member of the TFNG's. It's was great to hear about flights from both the flyer and the spouse on the ground. Another book that has also uncovered a little more about The recovery of 51-L. I am glad she covered all of her first flight delays from 41-E to 51-E. I guess Abbey wanted to get this crew over with once and for all and moved to 51-D.

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posted 06-30-2015 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jvertrees   Click Here to Email jvertrees     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just ordered a signed copy from the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. Dr. Seddon is doing a signing and appearance there on July 25. If you order online before July 4 and ask to hold for July 25 signing domestic shipping is free.

Ask to hold for the July 25 event in the additional comments section on the order page.

A great deal, the only downside is waiting a month for your book.


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