Australia's Astronauts. By Colin Burgess
Available as an eBook published in 2014
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This is the story of Australia’s three astronauts: Philip Chapman, Paul Scully-Power and Andy Thomas. It details the experiences of these three exceptional men and their roles in the space programs of the United States and Russia. The book also narrates the missed opportunities to fly more Australians in space as part of NASA’s international payload specialist program and reveals the true story behind adventurer Nik Halik’s attempt to become the first Australian space ‘tourist’.
The book begins with Philip Chapman’s involvement as a scientist-astronaut in NASA’s Apollo missions of the 1960s, at the height of the space race between the United States and the former Soviet Union. It then tells the story of oceanographer Paul Scully-Power, who became the first Australian-born person to fly into space and his work studying the oceans from space aboard shuttle Challenger in 1984.
Andy Thomas, the Adelaide-born NASA astronaut, has now flown on four space missions. On one of these flights he spent 141 days living and working aboard the Russian space station Mir. During shuttle mission STS-102 he performed two spacewalks as part of the construction of the International Space Station and was aboard STS-114, the crucial return-to-flight mission after the tragic loss of shuttle Columbia and her crew in February 2003.
Australia’s Astronauts is both informative and entertaining. It provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of space and space travel while relating the stories of several remarkable Australians and their cherished dreams of spaceflight.
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Oceans to Orbit.
This is the remarkable story of Dr Paul Scully-Power, who became the first Australian -born person to fly in space in October, 1984. A brilliant student and accomplished athlete during his formative years, he went on to become the first oceanographer to view the world's oceans from the best vantage point of all - earth orbit. Join the first Australian-born astronaut on his incredible journey of discovery, and learn how his space flight has changed forever the way scientists regard our oceans - knowledge which should leave to more accurate weather forecasting. See our Space Books Section to order.