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Space Exploration

NASA's First Space Shuttle Astronaut Selection

Redefining the Right Stuff

Authors: Shayler, David J., Burgess, Colin

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  • The first definitive source on the lives, achievements and selection of NASA's first group of space shuttle astronauts
  • Covers three decades of operation from the eyes of the 35 diverse crew members
  • Presents the latest astronaut group history and analysis to be written by the coauthors
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Unofficially they called themselves the TFNG, or the Thirty-Five New Guys. Officially, they were NASA’s Group 8 astronauts, selected in January 1978 to train for orbital missions aboard the Space Shuttle. Prior to this time only pilots or scientists trained as pilots had been assigned to fly on America’s spacecraft, but with the advent of the innovative winged spacecraft the door was finally opened to non-pilots, including women and minorities. In all, 15 of those selected were categorised as Pilot Astronauts, while the other 20 would train under the new designation of Mission Specialist. Altogether, the Group 8 astronauts would be launched on a total of 103 space missions; some flying only once, while others flew into orbit as many as five times. Sadly, four of their number would perish in the Challenger tragedy in January 1986.

In their latest collaborative effort, the authors bring to life the amazing story behind the selection of the first group of Space Shuttle astronauts, examining their varied backgrounds and many accomplishments in a fresh and accessible way through deep research and revealing interviews. Throughout its remarkable 30-year history as the workhorse of NASA’s human spaceflight exploration, twice halted through tragedy, the Shuttle fleet performed with magnificence. So too did these 35 men and women, swept up in the dynamic thrust and ongoing development of America’s Space Shuttle program.

"This book on the Group 8 Astronauts, the TFNGs, is an excellent summation of the individuals first selected for the new Space Shuttle Program. It provides insight into what it took to first get the Space Shuttle flying. For any space enthusiast it is a must read."

                                                                             - Robert L. Crippen PLT on STS-1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

About the authors

David Shayler has been writing books for Springer-Praxis for over 18 years, with a total of 25 authored or coauthored titles for the series. These have ranged from various aspects of American and Russian manned spaceflight history and operations to topics on women in space, the human exploration of Mars and the development of EVA techniques and operations. He has a passion for recording the lives and careers of the world’s space explorers. He has been a member of the British Interplanetary Society for over 40 years and currently is a serving Council Member. He also organized and hosted the annual Sino-Chinese Technical Forum and is currently organizing two extra Forums for next year on the topic of Space Rescue and Safety and 20 years of ISS Operations. Dave is a guest editor of the annual BIS JBIS Space Chronicle issue on Sino and Chinese Technical Forums and has contributed to a number of BIS Publications. His work has been published in the UK in Spaceflight, and Spaceflight News, and in the United States under Macmillan’s Who’s Who in Space trilogy as well as the Magill Science Survey and the MPress Secrets of the Universe Card Collection. A number of his titles and published articles have been referenced in other books, journals and official NASA publications.

Colin Burgess’s early books were on the Australian prisoner-of-war experience, before he turned his efforts to writing about his principal interest: human space exploration. Colin has written a number of books on the subject for the University of Nebraska Press and Springer-Praxis.  The books he has written or coauthored for Springer-Praxis are “NASA’s Scientist-Astronauts,” “Animals in Space,” “The First Soviet Cosmonaut Team,” “Selecting the Mercury Seven,” “Moon Bound,” “Freedom 7,” “Liberty Bell 7” “Friendship 7” and “Aurora 7.” More recently, he has written about the Interkosmos program and a history of NASA’s Group 5 and 7 astronauts with coauthor David Shayler.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Expanding on ‘The Right Stuff’

    Pages 1-38

    Shayler, David J. (et al.)

  • Who should fly?

    Pages 39-80

    Shayler, David J. (et al.)

  • The new Pilot astronauts

    Pages 81-100

    Shayler, David J. (et al.)

  • The first Mission Specialists

    Pages 101-126

    Shayler, David J. (et al.)

  • All change in the Astronaut Office

    Pages 127-161

    Shayler, David J. (et al.)

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eBook 24,60 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-45742-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
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Softcover 29,99 €
price for Korea, Republic of (South Korea) (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-45741-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
NASA's First Space Shuttle Astronaut Selection
Book Subtitle
Redefining the Right Stuff
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-45742-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-45742-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-45741-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIII, 589
Number of Illustrations
25 b/w illustrations, 80 illustrations in colour
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