Monday, May 19, 2008
"Skylab" By William J. Cromie
This is the true tale of Skylab, man's first Space Station. In 140 pages, this book tells the tale of all three missions into Skylab to collect information about what space does to humans. Not all that was planned happened in the missions, and disaster almost overcame the station from day one. But true to the motto of Skylab, "We fix anything," these errors were overcame. Much information was gathered in space, and new discoveries were made. It was proved that humans can survive an extensive period in space without complications. Many other discoveries were made, such as that forging is better done in space, where lack of gravity lets any element combine, and with less impurities. It was also found that spiders, after a little bit of time, can spin webs in zero-gravity. One interesting discovery is that an adult fish brought into space needs time to get used to swimming with no gravity, yet a fish born in space swims like it was meant to be there. This was a glorious book for me to read, and it made me realize just how far we've come. This, the information provided, and the images are the reason I give this book a 5/5 stars.