Space Exploration

In the Footsteps of Columbus

European Missions to the International Space Station

Authors: O'Sullivan, John

  • Provides in-depth coverage of the European human spaceflight contribution to the International Space Station
  • Highlights the diversity and collaborative nature of the European space goals, represented by the astronauts who have flown to the ISS
  • Offers a more balanced view of the development of human spaceflight, which tends to be US-Russian centric
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About this book

The European Space Agency has a long history of human spaceflight, flying in space with both NASA and the Soviet/Russian space agencies over the years. This book tells the story of the ESA astronauts who have visited the International Space Station over its first decade and how they have lived on board, helped construct the space laboratory and performed valuable scientific experiments.
ESA has contributed the Columbus science laboratory as well as the Copula, the Leonardo PMM and the ATV supply ship to the station’s infrastructure but it is the human endeavor that captures the imagination. From brief visits to six month expeditions, from spacewalking to commanding the Earth’s only outpost in space, ESA astronauts have played a vital role in the international project.
Extensive use of color photographs from NASA and ESA depicting the experiments carried out, the phases of the ISS construction and the personal stories of the astronauts in space highlights the crucial European work on human spaceflight.


About the authors

John O’Sullivan BE, Dip Phys Sci, Dip PM, CEng MIEI, PMP, FSP, CMSE® studied Electrical Engineering at University College Cork. He has over 20 years’ experience in the automation and control sector delivering solutions to the life-science industry in Ireland. He is a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland, a Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute and a certified Functional Safety Professional. He has always had a fascination with aviation and space, leading him to gain his PPL in 2003 and to study Astronomy and Planetary Science with the Open University. Since 2010 he has been awarded a Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science and a Diploma in Physical Science by the OU, as well as a Diploma in Project Management from the Cork Institute of Technology. 

He lives in East Cork with his wife and daughter.


Reviews

“Each chapter contains a biography of the astronaut, the specific activities of the mission, and beautiful color photographs of the crew member and mission patches, and ends with a description of the current status of the astronaut. Though the book will interest space enthusiasts, it is essentially a catalog and time line of activities that are readily available in other sources. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.” (J. Z. Kiss, Choice, Vol. 54 (4), December, 2016)

“In the Footsteps of Columbus will give you an overview rich in technical details about Europe’s role in the ISS … . best suited for future historians who will find it a useful reference as they dig deeper in the why and how, and not just the who and when, of Europe’s place in space.” (Jeff Foust, The Space Review, August, 2016) 

“European human spaceflight is the topic of this fine book and encyclopedia. … This book should belong to the library (or notebook) of every space-enthusiast, space engineer or layman interested in European space exploration. It should be within easy reach to be consulted as often as possible - you always glean something new.” (Joachim J. Kehr, Journal of Space Operations & Communicator, Vol. 13 (4), 2016)


Table of contents (20 chapters)

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-27560-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
In the Footsteps of Columbus
Book Subtitle
European Missions to the International Space Station
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-27562-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-27562-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-27560-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 391
Number of Illustrations and Tables
134 illustrations in colour
Topics