Human Spaceflight and Exploration

  • Carol Norberg

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Carol Norberg
    Pages 1-9
  3. Sven Grahn, Carol Norberg
    Pages 11-63
  4. Carol Norberg
    Pages 65-119
  5. Carol Norberg
    Pages 121-160
  6. Åke Ingemar Skoog, Carol Norberg
    Pages 161-207
  7. Åke Ingemar Skoog, Carol Norberg
    Pages 209-253
  8. Hansulrich Steimle, Carol Norberg
    Pages 255-294
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 325-331

About this book


·         Covers the history of human spaceflight and exploration;

·         Reviews the challenges that the space environment poses on space missions;

·         Assesses spacesuit designs and their future development;

·         Details the selection and training of astronauts;

·         Discusses the success of the US Space Shuttle program in relation to the experiences of European astronaut Gerhard Thiele’s personal account of flying aboard the Space Shuttle on a mission to map the Earth;

·         Considers the design of life support systems and future technologies


The book presents a unique overview of international activities in human spaceflight and exploration at a time of uncertainty regarding the direction of future development in the western world. It provides an introduction for the general public interested in space and would also be suitable for students at university. The contributors include a space physicist, two space engineers, a space-suit designer and two astronauts, who collectively have a broad experience of space activities.


Astronaut Training Effects of spaceflight European Space Agency ESA Life support systems Space flight operations Space suits

Editors and affiliations

  • Carol Norberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Swedish Institute of Space PhysicsKirunaSweden

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