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As the United States and the Soviet Union went from exploring space to living in it, a space station was conceived as the logical successor to the Apollo moon program. But between conception and execution stood the vastness of space itself, to say nothing of the monumental technological challenges. Homesteading Space, by two of Skylab’s own astronauts and a NASA journalist, tells the dramatic story of America’s first space station from beginning to fiery end. 

Homesteading Space is much more than a story of technological and scientific success; it is also an absorbing, sometimes humorous, often inspiring account of the determined, hardworking individuals who shepherded the program through a near-disastrous launch, a heroic rescue, an exhausting study of Comet Kohoutek, and the lab's ultimate descent into the Indian Ocean. Featuring the unpublished in-flight diary of astronaut Alan Bean, the book is replete with the personal recollections and experiences of the Skylab crew and those who worked with them in training, during the mission, and in bringing them safely home.

The book is published by University of Nebraska Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.

"Offers valuable personal recollections from those who were there." (Air & Space)

“A well-told saga of Skylab from start to fiery fall.” (Coalition for Space Exploration)

"A great read." (Ed Gibson, Skylab III science pilot and author)

©2008 Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska (P)2020 Redwood Audiobooks

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  • Tracy
  • 15-10-2020

Good Content, Horrible Narration.

I was excited about this book because it is a part of the space program you don't hear much about. Unfortunately, the narrator Gary L. Willprecht is a terrible reader. He reads like a robot and it is as if he is not really thinking about what he is reading. His emphasis on the wrong word or syllable can drive you crazy. I found my mind wandering while he was narrating and realized I could not listen to this book at all. I returned the Audible version and bought the book off Amazon so I could read it instead.

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  • Tracy
  • 11-08-2020

Fascinating story ruined by the narration

A fascinating story ruined by the narration. Tried repeatedly to "get used" to the narrators monotone voice droning on and on with the emphasis often placed on the wrong word of the sentence but was unable to enjoy the story ENTIRELY due to the narration. How was this narrator chosen??? Was it random draw??? Was a dart thrown at a list of names and no one bothered to listen his previous work??? Was the producer even awake during the reading???

Apologies to the authors for returning the book, your work deserves to be heard. Just not read by Gary L. Willprecht.

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  • Bob Howard
  • 13-01-2020

Great story, weird voiceover

The story of this often overlooked part of the history of American spaceflight is well researched and engaging! I loved listening to the story. The only problem was the voiceover. I don't know if it was the voice actor or the editor but the pacing was awkward. There were pauses where the sentence structure did not call for it and some words seemed crammed together. It also sounds like the voiceover actor was not really thinking about WHAT they were saying and in some spots the emphasis was on the wrong words. It really takes you out of this otherwise amazing story.

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  • SteekPie
  • 02-02-2021

Shockingly bad

I can't talk about the book as I only got about an hour in.
I can only say that if I did my job as badly as the narrator Gary L. Willprecht is doing his job here, I would not expect to get paid.

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