Sky Walking: An Astronaut's Memoir

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Harper Collins, Jan 30, 2007 - Science - 384 pages

Most books about the saints are thin on women, especially contemporary women. Even Butler's LIVES OF THE SAINTS, the 'bible' of this category, lists far more men than women. No book about the saints could ignore such beloved early martyrs as Agnes of Rome and Lucy of Syracuse but this new book will introduce readers to many new women who have been canonized or beatified by Pope John Paul II. Of the more than 377 women mentioned in the book, 159 have been canonized or beatified since 1979. Approximately 100 of them lived in the twentieth century.

This new book is also unique in that it uses the saint's own words wherever possible, taking advantage of newly discovered archives, memoirs and other primary sources. It will contain resources such as internet shrines and other websites, as well as little–known information on the canonization process.

 

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SKY WALKING: An Astronaut's Memoir

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Shuttle veteran Jones reminisces about rocketing into space.Jones tells his story with no unnecessary drama—no filigree or chest-pounding here. Unfortunately, he doesn't provide much excitement ... Read full review

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In a clever play on Michael Collins' "Carrying the Fire", one highlight chapter of this book is titled "Through the Fire", which recounts the safe and exhilarating deorbit of Columbia on one of the ... Read full review

Contents

No Way Out
3
Travel Required
10
Whos Got the Right Stuff?
29
Countdown to First Flight
51
Seeing Earth in a New Way
63
Final Count
79
SHUTTLE
103
Earth and Sky
105
Back in the Pool
152
Go for EVA
168
Through the Fire
190
STATION
215
The International Space Station
217
A Clash of Cultures
228
Destiny
240
Copyright

The Only Man Available
130

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About the author (2007)

Born and raised in Maryland, Tom Jones was a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. During his career, he has piloted B-52s, earned a doctorate in planetary science, and worked for the CIA. He entered the NASA astronaut program in 1990 and flew four missions on the space shuttle. He lives with his family in Northern Virginia.

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