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    Henry S.F. Cooper Jr.
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    Johns Hopkins University Press; 1st edition (September 1, 1987)
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The making of a space crew―a fascinating story masterfully told.

The book illuminates the world of "sims"the endless computerized simulations that crews endure to learn their complex task. Writing with wit, sensitivity, and intelligence, Cooper conveys the bond that develops among the crew members and between crew and instructors. The making of a space crew―a fascinating story masterfully told. Michael Collins, Apollo 11 astronaut).

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Chronicles the day-to-day training of Space Shuttle crew 41-G from the selection of the crew members through the completion of their mission. Before Lift-Off is a wonderfully detailed look at the entire process that a Space Shuttle crew goes through in preparing for a mission, from selection, through all their training, and on to the flight itself. You get a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes, and you get a glimpse of just how much work goes into it, not just from the astronauts, but from the thousands of people in the background.

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Henry Spotswood Fenimore Cooper (November 24, 1933 – January 31, 2016) was a writer and local environmentalist. He was a longtime contributor to The New Yorker, predominantly covering NASA's space program. Cooper also wrote eight books about space exploration throughout his lifetime. He was a noted chronicler of events at the Century Association, a private club in New York City.

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Cooper Jr. was born on November 24, 1933 in Manhattan, New York, USA as Henry Spotswood Fenimore Cooper. He was an actor, known for Steve Zissoun vedenalainen maailma (2004) and Moon Beat (2009). He was married to Mary Luke Langben

Cooper Jr. He was married to Mary Luke Langben. He died on January 31, 2016 in Cooperstown, New York.

Cooper, Henry S. Before Lift-off: The Making of a Space Shuttle Crew. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987. This book presents a fine discussion of the selection and training of crews for individual Shuttle missions. New York: William Morrow and C. 1979. This is a popularly written book on the decision, development, and test of the early Space Shuttle, the Orbiter 101, named for the Star Trek craft Enterprise.

Chronicles the day-to-day training of Space Shuttle crew 41-G from the selection of the crew members through the completion of their mission

As one of the people in this book, I can tell you Henry was very insightful about the process and the people overall, though he didn't get everything right as you might expect. While he was at the sim every day and talked to Browder a lot, he didn't really get to know the rest of the training team very well, so he got some of the things about us wrong...like how much cockpit time I actually got and what my involvement level with flying tasks actually was. But it was my first mission as a "solo" instructor, having "OJT'ed" on 41C and just having joined NASA from the Navy in January of that year; so, it's understandable. Small quibbles. It's really a great book if you're looking to capture both the spirit and the history of how it was done. For those of us in the space biz and shuttle in particular, these were good times...!
I was excited to read this book as it offers a behind the scenes look at the preparation that went into a shuttle flight, but it's written in such a dry, factual manner that it doesn't hold your interest very well. Often times I felt as though I was reading a transcript of an old educational film.
I have all the publications in this series.This book is as excellant as the other titles that I also obtained thru Amazon.
Really old, but if you like old stuff. Go for it.
Although it is easy to think of a space shuttle mission as beginning with the launch and ending with the landing, so much more work went into every mission. For each mission, at least a year of planning and training had to be done in order to make sure the crew and everyone else was ready for the mission itself. This book seeks to tell that story using one particular shuttle mission: STS-41G which flew in October 1984.

The book mostly covers the training for the crew. One of the interesting aspects is how the crew was selected which had to conform to the skills needed from the astronauts. Eventually, five astronauts were selected for the mission. Later on, two payload specialists were included as well, though these two were treated more like passengers rather than an integrated part of the crew. The astronauts had to spend a lot of time in simulators practicing various shuttle operations such as launches and landings. The simulations were notorious for the amount of problems thrown at the astronauts so they would be prepared for any eventuality. Other forms of training included EVA training in what resembled a large swimming pool and using planes to practice landings.

The book ends with an overview of the mission itself. STS-41G deployed the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite, conducted studies of Earth using a radar antenna, and performed an EVA to demonstrate a satellite refueling system. The book compares the small problems encountered on the mission and how the astronauts' training prepared them for it.

While the book is mostly an interesting look at how astronauts prepared for a mission, it was rather weak in some respects. Cooper mentions that he was limited in what he could cover. Robert Crippen, who commanded the mission, was adamant about Cooper not interfering in any way with the crew training. A lot of this book disproportionately covers the simulations when Cooper could observe from the instructors' area. Although this is interesting the first time, reading it for the third time just becomes repetitive and boring. It can make the book a little difficult to get through at times.

While there is some interesting information regarding a bygone era of spaceflight, it can be repetitive at times. If you like reading any book on spaceflight, then you will probably find this interesting.
Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff set the bar for third-person Astronaut biography way back in the Mercury Era and perhaps only Andrew Chaikin A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts ever exceeded that bar in the Apollo Era. Cooper has created a worthy successor for the Shuttle Era in "Before Lift-Off".

Unlike the heady era of the 1950s, the Shuttle astronauts of the 1980s and 1990s were NOT about booze, fast cars, and faster women. These guys were nose-to-the-grindstone, 12-hour workdays for a year leading up to a 7 to 10 day mission. How does that get done? Back in the Apollo days, there was a lot of classroom time, vendor visits, and a certain amount of simulation ("sim") time in what one astronaut christened "The Great Train Wreck", a collection of boxes wired together.

Journalist Cooper had full behind-the-scenes access in the simulators, watching the trainers train the astronauts in various length simulations from the "10 minute ride" to orbit down to the final 3-day integrated testing with a full mission control team. Better than this is the inside look at the steely-eyed leader Bob Crippen, veteran arm handler Dr. Sally Ride, and Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau. Add in a couple of exciting firsts: First 7 person crew, first crew with two women, first re-fueling of an object in orbit, and its not just a workaday mission, it's history in the making.

Written just months before the Challenger disaster, it is a sobering account of "Go Fever" as schedules ricochet out of control in a desperate bid to obsolete the working unmanned satellite launch system that had already been proven for 30 years with the Altas, Delta, and other systems.
This book allows the reader to trail along the astronauts & their instructors during training, and it also lets the reader get to know the people involved. It's a wonderful adventure with the crew of 41G!