How to Live in Space: Everything You Need to Know for the Not-So-Distant Future

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Smithsonian Books
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7.0 X 0.5 X 8.6 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

COLIN STUART is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a presenter at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. He has written for the Guardian, New Scientist, Physics World, and the European Space Agency. In 2014, he was runner-up for the European Astronomy Journalism Prize.


"For every expected topic--such as how to use a microgravity toilet--Stuart offers another that's less predictable, like space law. Suitable for space-happy tweens as well as nonscientist adults, Stuart's captivating handbook has something to amaze and entertain every reader."

"With the February 2018 launch of his SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, featuring a helmeted "Starman"perched in a Mars-bound sports car, Tesla inventor Elon Musk signaled the beginning of a new era inspace travel. Rivaling billionaire Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic company, Musk envisions a thriving space-tourism industry, untethered from NASA's purse strings, sending thrill-seekers into Earth orbit and beyond. Targeting audiences already queuing up to buy tickets for these off-world adventures, journalist and Royal Astronomical Society fellow Stuart offers an engaging and colorfully illustrated guide to prepping for life in space. In three information-packed sections, Stuart covers the basic training needed to survive a rocket-propelled launch, the nuances of gravity-free living, and a preview of humankind'sfuture on the Moon and Mars. Along the way, he takes readers on a trip aboard the "vomit comet," a planedesigned to acclimate prospective astronauts to weightlessness; deconstructs lunar toilets; and extols the benefits of asteroid mining, among other fascinating tidbits. An exhilarating virtual ride for space buffseverywhere."