"An enjoyable, informative look at what living and working in space will really be like in the decades to come. Harrison explores the often unappreciated interaction of human psyche and technology in an environment filled with danger, challenge, and opportunity. A great read for space professionals or anyone interested in the future of our species ...Read More"An enjoyable, informative look at what living and working in space will really be like in the decades to come. Harrison explores the often unappreciated interaction of human psyche and technology in an environment filled with danger, challenge, and opportunity. A great read for space professionals or anyone interested in the future of our species as we expand into the 'final frontier.'"--Patricia Santy, former NASA Flight Surgeon and author of "Choosing the Right Stuff: The Psychological Selection of Astronauts" ""Spacefaring" addresses in a powerful, cogent, and scholarly manner topics long ignored or swept aside in official reports and planning documents about space flight. It is a good, powerful and needed work."--Edgar Mitchell, Astronaut, Apollo 14 "Drawing on both recent developments and classic 'space lore, ' Harrison takes his readers on refreshingly human-level odyssey through the still-widely-unknown challenges and opportunities that await us in a future off of our home planet."--James Oberg, author of "Red Star in Orbit" "A roadmap to the future for teachers preparing students to live and work in space."--Don Scott, NASA Educator "As a leading psychologist dealing with the human side of spaceflight, the author brings unique, somewhat philosophical, insights into the offworld experience of our species. This book is especially valuable to aerospace engineers and planners concerned with long-duration spaceflight and colonization. A seminal volume, it offers behavioral science perspectives on the challenge of creating a spacefaring civilization for the New Millennium."--Philip R. Harris, author of "Living and Working in Space" "We are becoming a spacefaring species. Space stations have become commonplace and space tourism, the exploration of Mars and the first settlements in space are next. If these work, the sky's no limit. Harrison engagingly tells the human side of this unfolding adventure, providing us with a book ideal for courses in Humanity in Space and of interest to any reader who wants to know what we (and not just our machines) must do to flourish beyond the earth. "--Ben Finney, Chair, Space and Society Department, International Space University "Well-written, covers a range of reserach and makes several interesting points on almost every page."--Gerald Cecil, "American Scientist" "An intelligent, challenging book...ideal for those with an interest in space travel and a desire to explore the cutting edge."--David Pitt, "Booklist" "Marvelous reading...will be invaluable to aerospace engineers and future space travelers."--Cliff Pickover, "Leonardo Digital Reviews" "An informed and upbeat appraisal of the human dimension of spaceflight, coupled with a cautious and wistful rumination on its prospects."--Alex Roland, "Issues in Science and Technology ""The vast majority of space books focus on the hardware for getting there, and the environment, or lack thereof, that surrounds you. In contrast, Harrison focuses on the human dimension....The book is by far the most comprehensive resource to date on the human factors of space flight."--"Netsurfer Digest"Read Less
First edition first printing signed by the author with inscriiption to author Ben Bova on flyleaf: "With best wishes to Ben Bova Albert A Harrison May, 2001" with black marker. 8vo Black cloth and blue boards stamped in gilt on spine. xviii, 324 pages. 15 chapters. notes, index. Dust jacket. Clean and sharp.
Berkeley. 2001. University Of California Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 324 pages. hardcover. 0520224531. Jacket design by Barbara Jelllow. keywords: Space Travel Humanity Science. inventory # 34828. FROM THE PUBLISHER-The Stars Have Always Called Us, but only for the past forty years or so have we been able to respond by traveling in space. This book explores the human side of spaceflight: why people are willing to brave danger and hardship to go into space, how human culture has shaped past and present missions, and the effects of space travel on health and well-being. A comprehensive and authoritative treatment of its subject, this book combines statistical studies, rich case histories, and gripping anecdotal detail as it investigates the phenomenon of humans in space--from the earliest spaceflights to the missions of tomorrow. Drawing on a strong research base in the behavioral sciences, Albert A. Harrison covers such aspects of spaceflight as habitability needs, crew selection and training, stress management, group dynamics, accidents, and more. He tells what it's like to sleep, eat, work, and have fun in space and discusses the problems and opportunities that arise during both short-and long-term journeys. Harrison concentrates on recent and impending missions including the space shuttle, Mir and the International Space Station, a return to the moon, and a possible human expedition to Mars. He also touches on some futuristic topics, such as space tourism, space settlements, and interstellar travel. With its inclusion of current research findings and recently released scientific and anecdotal material on humans in space, this book is an excellent source for understanding the human side of space travel. In addition to taking a close look at spacefarers themselves, Spacefaring reviews the broad organizational and political contexts that shape human progress toward the heavens. With the construction of the International Space Station in progress, the human journey to the stars continues, and this book will surely help guide the way.
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