Space Oddities by Joe Cuhaj

没有什么比浩瀚的未知空间更能吸引人类的想象力了。古代的岩画呈现出天体的效果,证明我们几千年来一直在好奇地仰望着星空。从那时起,人类已经系统地扩大了我们的宇宙可能性。曾经是科幻小说家的幻想和梦想,现在几乎成了例行公事–人类持续存在于地球轨道上,探测器飞越我们的太阳系,人类在月球上行走。美国国家航空航天局和俄罗斯的太空计划使前往星际的旅行看起来很容易,但它远非如此。太空旅行是一个有时英勇,有时幽默,而且总是充满危险的旅程,每个角落都有我们大多数人从未听说过或早已忘记的危险。

太空怪谈》将这些不为人知的、离经叛道的、晦涩难懂的太空故事带到了生活中。从已知最早的太空死亡者–德国人马克斯-瓦里耶的表演和炫耀,到有史以来第一次根据《间谍法》对一名泄露美国早期火箭开发秘密的陆军军官提出的起诉;以及一颗松动的螺栓打败了苏联试图击败美国登上月球的企图的故事。

作者乔-库哈伊还揭示了太空旅行中一直是行业秘密的人类方面–直到现在:使用音乐播放列表唤醒宇航员的传统是如何开始的,关于费舍尔太空笔、欧米茄手表、甚至唐氏早餐饮料等发明的迷人故事。

除了有趣和好玩的太空琐事外,《太空怪谈》还介绍了太空旅行对国内挑战产生的深远影响的故事,如民权领袖和活动家在20世纪60年代为把太空计划的资金带回国内给地球上有需要的人所作的努力。美国宇航局的FLATs(第一夫人宇航员培训)计划和1960年被选中成为宇航员的13名妇女,但在成功完成严格的宇航员培训计划后仍被剥夺了飞行的机会;以及,那些多次牺牲自己生命来证明人类可以在太空飞行的动物。

充满了罕见的和鲜为人知的故事,《太空怪谈》将把最后的边疆带到死忠的太空读者和扶手式宇航员的家里。

Nothing captivates the human imagination like the vast unknowns of space. Ancient petroglyphs present renderings of the heavens, proof that we have been gazing up at the stars with wonder for thousands of years. Since then, mankind has systematically expanded our cosmic possibilities. What were once flights of fancy and dreams of science fiction writers have become nearly routine – a continuous human presence orbiting the Earth, probes flying beyond our solar system, and men walking on the moon. NASA and the Russian space program make traveling to the stars look easy, but it has been far from that. Space travel is a sometimes heroic, sometimes humorous, and always dangerous journey fraught with perils around every corner that most of us have never heard of or have long since forgotten.

Space Oddities brings these unknown, offbeat, and obscure stories of space to life. From the showmanship and bravado of the earliest known space fatality, German Max Valier, to the first ever indictment under the Espionage Act on an Army officer who leaked secrets concerning the development of early U.S. rockets; and the story of a single loose bolt that defeated the Soviet Union’s attempt to beat America to the moon.

Author Joe Cuhaj also sheds light on the human aspects of space travel that have remained industry secrets – until now: how the tradition of using a musical playlist to wake astronauts up began, fascinating tales about inventions like the Fischer Space Pen, Omega watches, and even Tang breakfast drink.

In addition to fun and entertaining space trivia, Space Oddities also features stories of the profound impact that space travel has had on challenges right here at home, like the effort by civil rights leaders and activists in the 1960s to bring the money from the space program back home to those in need on Earth; NASA’s FLATs (First Lady Astronaut Training) program and the 13 women who were selected to become astronauts in 1960, but were denied a chance at flying even after successfully completing the rigorous astronaut training program; and, the animals who many times sacrificed their lives to prove that man could fly in space.

Filled with rare and little-known stories, Space Oddities will bring the final frontier to the homes of diehard space readers and armchair astronauts alike.

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