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FACT: After President Kennedy challenged the nation to “put a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth,” it was obvious that more than seven astronauts would be needed. The second group of nine astronauts, referred to as the “new nine,” was selected in September 1962 and included Neil Armstrong and Jim Lovell.

Space–the final frontier. It’s as little as fifty miles away, and yet it is considered one of the most dangerous and remote of places. Popular television shows such as Star Trek and movies such as Apollo 13 and October Sky have fired the imaginations of would-be explorers. Alan Tribble has worked on the design and development of dozens of spacecraft, including the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. A Tribble’s Guide to Space is a how-to book that is firmly grounded in the realities of current state-of-the-art space engineering while tapping into the power of imagination that drives us to explore.

Alan Tribble offers a delightful guide to the nuts and bolts of space exploration, from how to get there to how to phone home and how to survive the harsh environment of space. Using examples from famous space missions, both factual and fictional, Tribble tackles fascinating real-world problems encountered in space exploration.

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A Tribble’s Guide to Space:
How to Get to Space and What to Do When You are There
Alan C. Tribble