It's a Question of Space

It's a Question of Space

An Ordinary Astronaut’s Answers to Sometimes Extraordinary Questions

Clayton C. Anderson

224 pages
32 photographs, 5 illustrations, 1 graph

Paperback

July 2018

978-1-4962-0508-7

$16.95 Pre-order

About the Book

Having spent over 150 days in space on his first tour of the International Space Station, it’s safe to say that Clayton C. Anderson knows a thing or two about space travel. Now retired and affectionately known as “Astro Clay” by his many admirers on social media and the internet, Anderson has fielded thousands of questions over the years about space flight, living in space, and what it’s like to be an astronaut. Written with honesty and razor-sharp wit, It’s a Question of Space gathers Anderson’s often humorous answers to these questions and more in a book that will beguile young adults and space buffs alike.

Covering topics as intriguing as what it’s like to walk in space, what astronauts are supposed to do when they see UFOs, and what role astronauts play in espionage, Anderson’s book is written in an accessible question-and-answer format that covers nearly all aspects of life in space imaginable. From what it’s like to live in zero gravity to what it’s like to go to the bathroom up there, It’s a Question of Space leaves no stone unturned in its witty firsthand account of life as an astronaut.
 

Author Bio

Clayton C. Anderson retired in 2013 after a thirty-year career with NASA and two missions to the International Space Station, during which he performed six spacewalks. He is the author of The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut (Nebraska, 2015) and A is for Astronaut: Blasting through the Alphabet. He is also a motivational speaker and a senior faculty fellow and distinguished lecturer of aerospace engineering at Iowa State University. He lives in League City, Texas, with his wife and two children.
 

Praise

“Let’s be honest, all you really must know about life in space is how astronauts go to the bathroom. The answer is flushed out here in candid, comedic detail. But wait, there’s so much more! Leave it to this self-proclaimed ‘Ordinary Spaceman’ to understand the banal is not boring. To the contrary, it’s what fascinates us most.”—Miles O’Brien, award-winning journalist in science, technology, aviation, and aerospace

“Clay Anderson dispels myths and simplifies complex subjects for the reader, and with examples from his personal experiences, provides insight into the daily life of an astronaut. As a teacher trying to relate relevant topics to students and fuel their curiosity, I would keep a copy of this book on my desk.”—Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, earth scientist, educator, and retired astronaut

“Clayton Anderson is an American hero but he’s as down-to-Earth as they come. From the simple to the sublime, It’s a Question of Space is a wonderful collection of stories and answers to questions we all have about traveling in space. Drawn into his easy-to-understand explanations and humorous anecdotes, I couldn’t put it down.”—Tom Abrahams, author of the Spaceman Chronicles series

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
List of Abbreviations
1. The Life of an Astronaut
2. The Basics of Outer Space
3. ET Phone Home
4. The International Space Station
5. Space Physiology and Psychology
6. Space Celebrity and Miscellany
7. Philosophy and Politics
8. Normal Spaceflight Operations
9. Space Suits and Space Walks
10. So You Wanna Be an Astronaut?

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