This intimate, compelling account offers a rare portrait of space exploration from the inside. A global nomad raised in the shadow of NASA's Apollo missions, Parazynski never lost sight of his childhood dream to one day don a spacesuit and float outside the airlock. With deep passion, unbridled creativity, resilience, humility, and self-deprecation, Parazynski chases his dream of the ultimate adventure experience, again and again and again. In an era that transitioned from moon shots to the Space Shuttle, space station, and Mars research, Parazynski flies with John Glenn, tests jet packs, trains in Russia to become a cosmonaut, and flies five missions to outer space (including seven spacewalks) in his seventeen-year NASA career.
An unparalleled, visceral opportunity to understand what it's like to train for - and deploy to - a home in zero gravity, The Sky Below also portrays an astronaut's engagement with the challenges of his life on Earth, including raising a beautiful autistic daughter and finding true love.
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By Marco Johnson on 11-05-18
A truly inspirational insight into the achievements of Scott Parazynski, Susy Flory has done an excellent job of turning these events/insights into a gripping and engaging listen. Anyone with an interest into Space exploration, mountaineering or simply need help achieving a personal goal will take great inspiration and informative knowledge away with themselves from this. I couldn’t rate it high enough. 10/10
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By C Turner on 11-01-18
Lots of adventure
I can see why Scott Parazynski wrote a book. If you spent your childhood traveling with world from Iran to Greece, then became a doctor and astronaut, climbed Everest and lived or trekked through parts of Russia, Antarctica and space then you have to write a book. I didn’t really love his writing style, while I’d immediately be the first to recommend astronauts Chris Hadfield and Mike Massimino as brilliant writers, I wouldn’t say Scott’s writing alone would make a book. I also didn’t like the way he just skirted past any credit for his ex wife who was here for him through space travel, Russia, Houston, two kids and a largely absent husband. I know what it’s like to do most of the work as a parent and it’s hard! This lady deserves a medal probably and instead he spends the last section of the book doting over his new wife Mimi. No offense Mimi, but that was unnecessary. The adventures and some of the insights along the way in this incredibly full life make it all worthwhile. What a full life and enjoyable story. I’d give it a go if you like astronaut and adventure stories.
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By Shah Alam on 24-10-17
Fast Paced and Captivating
I was expecting to read about the space-flights and the space-walks of Scott Parazynski but I got a better deal instead.
The book took me beyond — into mountaineering ventures and Antarctica. And lest I forget it even touched on some intimate details of the personal life of Parazynski — leading to his falling in love and proposing in the Scott's Hut in Antarctica. So this is the first time that I’ve had the opportunity reading a bit of romance in a book on space flight. Interesting but a welcome change.
The book is fast paced and you’ll not feel dull at any moment.
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