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cspg
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posted 01-15-2018 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Stations: The Art, Science, and Reality of Working in Space
by Gary Kitmacher,‎ Ron Miller,‎ Robert Pearlman
A rich visual history of real and fictional space stations, illustrating pop culture's influence on the development of actual space stations and vice versa

Space stations represent both the summit of space technology and, possibly, the future of humanity beyond Earth. Space Stations: The Art, Science, and Reality of Working in Space takes the reader deep into the heart of past, present, and future space stations, both real ones and those dreamed up in popular culture. This lavishly illustrated book explains the development of space stations from the earliest fictional visions through historical and current programs — including Skylab, Mir, and the International Space Station — and on to the dawning possibilities of large-scale space colonization.

Engrossing narrative and striking images explore not only the spacecraft themselves but also how humans experience life aboard them, addressing everything from the development of efficient meal preparation methods to experiments in space-based botany. The book examines cutting-edge developments in government and commercial space stations, including NASA's Deep Space Habitats, the Russian Orbital Technologies Commercial Space Station, and China's Tiangong program.

Throughout, Space Stations also charts the fascinating depiction of space stations in popular culture, whether in the form of children's toys, comic-book spacecraft, settings in science-fiction novels, or the backdrop to TV series and Hollywood movies. Space Stations is a beautiful and captivating history of the idea and the reality of the space station from the nineteenth century to the present day.

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Smithsonian Books (October 30, 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 1588346323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588346322

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-10-2018 11:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Our first review! From Publishers Weekly:
NASA project manager Kitmacher, science writer Miller (Aliens: Past, Present, Future), and space historian Pearlman deliver a generously illustrated crash course in the history, present, and future of space stations.

After describing early cosmology, the authors move through the first theoretical and fictional descriptions of permanent space-based structures, the early days of space travel, the first working stations, and a longer look at the International Space Station. A section on space stations' depiction in pop culture, from German author Karl Laffert's 1926 novel about a "Weltraumstation" to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, provides an intriguing perspective, and the authors finish with the possible implications for humanity, such as outposts like the ISS becoming "the means by which we leave our planet behind and find new places to live."

The layout is visually appealing, with plentiful drawings, diagrams, and photos to aid understanding. The physics and early historical background are at times rushed and repetitive, but the technical descriptions are unimpeachable and wonderfully complemented by accounts of the minutiae of everyday life in space. The authors have created an information-packed starting point perfect for anyone interested in space stations, but unsure where to begin.

denali414
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posted 07-11-2018 06:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kudos on the review and book!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-20-2018 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
New review from Booklist:
Although NASA scientists are still a long way from constructing a version of the iconic wheel-shaped space station in "2001: A Space Odyssey," since 1971, several well-designed research stations have successfully made it into orbit, from the ill-fated Skylab, which famously fell to earth after only six years, to the still operational International Space Station (ISS), launched in 1998.

Weaving together history, popular culture, and aeronautical engineering details, Johnson Space Center consultant Kitmacher joins space memorabilia expert Pearlman and science fiction illustrator Miller in presenting a beautifully illustrated guide to these spectacular orbiting edifices from the past, present, and future. In seven richly informative sections, the authors look at the visionary prehistory of space stations, such as nineteenth century author Edward Everett Hale's bizarre "brick moon," survey the challenges behind building the Soviet Mir and ISS stations, and flash forward to images of futuristic space colonies.

Covering technical breakthroughs as well as Star Trek and comic book references, their work will win high marks from space buffs and sf fans alike.

fredtrav
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posted 08-20-2018 07:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Book signing tour?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-20-2018 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nothing scheduled as of yet, though I have had this idea about convincing Gary and Ron to join me on a trip to the International Space Station to hold a signing aboard one of our subjects... stay tuned.

fredtrav
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posted 08-22-2018 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well if you need someone to help carry gear when you go, let me know. Be glad to help out.

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