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Off the Planet by Jerry M. Linenger
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Fascinating story of Capt. Linenger's five month stay on the Russian space station Mir. Linenger is a type-a, gung-ho astronaut with multiple degrees, all kinds of military experience and a passion for athletic endeavors. His description of his time on Mir is probably as close as any of us are going to get to actually spending time in space. And Mir was 11 years old at the time of this mission - well beyond the number of years it was designed to last. With Russia broke, needed maintenance was not being done. So Linenger gets to breathe air laden with antifreeze, put out a fire, and deal with multiple power failures. Quite a story!
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