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About the book:

The European Space Agency has a long history of human spaceflight, flying in space with both NASA and the Soviet/Russian space agencies over the years.

This book tells the story of the ESA astronauts who have visited the International Space Station over its first decade and how they have lived on board, helped construct the space laboratory and performed valuable scientific experiments.

ESA has contributed the Columbus science laboratory as well as the Cupola, the Leonardo PMM and the ATV supply ship to the station’s infrastructure but it is the human endeavour that captures the imagination. From brief visits to six-month expeditions, from spacewalking to commanding the Earth’s only outpost in space, ESA astronauts have played a vital role in the international project.

Extensive use of colour photographs from NASA and ESA depicting the experiments carried out, the phases of the ISS construction and the personal stories of the astronauts in space highlights the crucial European work on human spaceflight.

This book covers the European missions from the 2013 Volare mission of Luca Parmitano to his 2019 Beyond mission. This includes first flights for Alexander Gerst, Samantha Cristoforetti, Andreas Mogensen, Tim Peake and Thomas Pesquet.


With a Foreword by Professor Walter Peeters, of the International Space University.



About the Book:

Japan has a rich history of human spaceflight, flying in space with both NASA and the Soviet/Russian space agencies over the years. 
This book tells the story of the JAXA astronauts who have visited the International Space Station and how they have lived on board, helped construct the space laboratory and performed valuable scientific experiments.

JAXA has contributed the largest single module to the ISS; the Kibō (Hope) science laboratory with its Logistics Module, Exposed Facility and robot arm. JAXA supplies the station with cargo and supplies on its automated cargo spacecraft, the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) but it is the human endeavour that captures the imagination. From brief visits to six month expeditions, from spacewalking to commanding the Earth’s only outpost in space, JAXA astronauts have played a vital role in the international project.

Extensive use of colour photographs from NASA and JAXA depicting the experiments carried out, the phases of the ISS construction and the personal stories of the astronauts in space highlights the crucial Japanese work on human spaceflight.

With a foreword by JAXA Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki.




About the Book:

The European Space Agency has a long history of human spaceflight, flying in space with both NASA and the Soviet/Russian space agencies over the years.

This book tells the story of the ESA astronauts who have visited the International Space Station over its first decade and how they have lived on board, helped construct the space laboratory and performed valuable scientific experiments.

 

ESA has contributed the Columbus science laboratory as well as the Copula, the Leonardo PMM and the ATV supply ship to the station’s infrastructure but it is the human endeavour that captures the imagination. From brief visits to six month expeditions, from spacewalking to commanding the Earth’s only outpost in space, ESA astronauts have played a vital role in the international project.

 

Extensive use of colour photographs from NASA and ESA depicting the experiments carried out, the phases of the ISS construction and the personal stories of the astronauts in space highlights the crucial European work on human spaceflight.


With a Foreword by ESA Astronaut Andre Kuipers.


About the Author

John O’Sullivan BE, BSc (Hons), Dip PM, CEng FIEI, PMP, FSP, CMSE® has over 20 years’ experience in the automation and control sector delivering solutions to the pharmaceutical and medical device industry in Ireland. He is the Engineering Director of Douglas Control and Automation in Cork, Ireland.

He has an engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from University College Cork, a science degree in Astronomy and Planetary Science from the Open University and a Diploma in Project Management from the Cork Institute of Technology. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Ireland and a Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute. He is a Functional Safety Professional and Certified Machine Safety Expert, both certified by TÜV. He is currently studying management at the Smurfit Business School at University College Dublin.

He has always had a fascination with aviation and space, leading him to gain his Private Pilot Licence in 2003 and to study astronomy

He lectures in Automation at CIT in Cork and has written articles for Engineers Ireland’s Engineers Journal and British Interplanetary Society’s Spaceflight magazine.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for the ESA Astronaut Corps in 2008. He lives in East Cork, Ireland.

His first book, covering early European missions to the International Space Station was published by Springer-Praxis in 2016. His second book, Japanese Missions to the International Space Station, Hope from the East, was published in 2018. This is third book.

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Amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/Footsteps-Columbus-2016-International-Springer-Praxis/dp/3319275607