While they were fairly technical, last week’s post about two free books from NASA were fairly popular in terms of the number of clicks from the blog’s website, so here are a few more…
NASA has released a few books for free in the Kindle format on their website. The types of books NASA releases aren’t science fiction thrillers, but more documentaries of what they have accomplished over the years, and when I have sent posts about prior offering they have been pretty popular.
One you might be interested in is called Dressing for Altitude: U.S. Aviation Pressure Suits – Wiley Post to Space Shuttle” and is written by Dennis R. Jennings. You can click here or type in http://1.usa.gov/13Jevfh into your web browser to grab your free Kindle copy.
Once you have downloaded it to your computer, you will need to transfer it over to your Kindle. It’s pretty easy, and you can click here or type in http://smarturl.it/xfer into your web browser for my instructions on how to do it – this is the same guide I charge 99 cents for in the Amazon Kindle store, but you can read it for free by clicking the link.
Here is the book’s description from the NASA website:
Anybody who has watched many movies or television shows has seen them—the ubiquitous silver suits worn by pilots as they explore the unknown. They are called pressure suits, and one can trace their lineage to Wiley Post or, perhaps, a bit earlier.
There are two kinds of pressure suits: partial pressure and full pressure. David Clark, the man, once pointed out that these were not very good names, but they are the ones that stuck. In a partial-pressure suit, the counter-pressure is not as complete as in a full-pressure suit, but it is placed so that shifts in body fluids are kept within reasonable limits. On the other hand, a full-pressure suit, which is an anthropomorphic pressure vessel, creates an artificial environment for the pilot.
One type of pressure suit is not necessarily “better” than the other, and both partial pressure and full pressure suits are still in limited use around the world. Both type of suits have benefits and limitations and, by and large, pilots dislike both, even while acknowledging their necessity. For the past 60 years, they have been an indispensible part of a small fragment of the aviation world.
Although space suits, which differ from pressure suits in subtle, but important ways, have been well covered in literature, pressure suits have gone unheralded except as introductions to the space suit histories. This e-book is an attempt to correct that, and covers pressure suits from the beginning through the end of the Space Shuttle Program.
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