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Off the planet : surviving five perilous months aboard the space station Mir

by Linenger, Jerry M.

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A memoir of life aboard Mir recalls the circumstances that nearly destroyed the aging Russian space station and chronicles the dangerous but often humorous events that marked the author's five months in space. Full description

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Table of Contents:
  • Part 1
  • On the Planet
  • 1.
  • Looking Upward
  • 3
  • 2.
  • Becoming an Astronaut
  • 5
  • 3.
  • Hello, Russia
  • 16
  • 4.
  • Hanging Out in Star City
  • 28
  • 5.
  • Training, Russian Style
  • 38
  • 6.
  • Tomorrow, Mir
  • 48
  • 7.
  • Crew Quarters
  • 57
  • 8.
  • Off to Work
  • 64
  • Part 2
  • Off the Planet
  • 9.
  • Docking a One-Hundred-Ton Space Shuttle
  • 75
  • 10.
  • My First Days on Mir
  • 88
  • 11.
  • Arrival of Vasily and Sasha
  • 92
  • 12.
  • "Fire!"
  • 99
  • 13.
  • An Attempted Coverup
  • 111
  • 14.
  • Cosmonauts, Da! Mission Control, Nyet!
  • 118
  • 15.
  • Glories of Earth Gazing
  • 135
  • 16.
  • Profound Isolation
  • 149
  • 17.
  • Escaping a Near-Death Collision
  • 160
  • 18.
  • Housekeeping in Space
  • 178
  • 19.
  • Hurtling Into Nothingness
  • 184
  • 20.
  • Broken Trust
  • 194
  • 21.
  • Taking a Stroll
  • 203
  • 22.
  • Going Home
  • 211
  • 23.
  • Even the Air Tastes Sweet
  • 220
  • Part 3
  • Back on the Planet
  • 24.
  • Home at Last
  • 231
  • 25.
  • Getting Back on My Feet
  • 237
  • 26
  • Aftershock
  • 241
  • 27.
  • "Are You Glad You Flew on Mir?"
  • 246.
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