Multcolib Picks: If you like Gravity
Annotation:A true story. Stranded 205,000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft, astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert fight a desperate battle to survive. Meanwhile, at Mission Control, astronaut Ken Mattingly, flight director Gene Kranz and a heroic ground crew race against time, and the odds, to bring them home.
Annotation:The lives of courageous NASA astronaut Spencer Armacost and his beautiful schoolteacher wife Jillian are momentarily shattered when Spencer's mission mysteriously loses contact with Earth for 2 minutes. But neither Spencer nor Jillian knows that those 120 seconds of terror will ultimately threaten their sanity, their future and their lives in this heart-stopping psychological thriller.
Annotation:Astronaut Sam Bell is completing a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth's primary source of energy on the dark side of the moon: Helium-3. His declining health is causing headaches and hallucinations that lead to a near-fatal accident, rendering him unconscious. After recuperating, an unexpected discovery leads him to doubt his sanity, his identity, and the integrity of the company. Believing he is alone on his mission, his sole purpose is getting back home on his own.
Annotation:When a dust storm leaves Mark Watney stranded on Mars with no communication to Earth and limited supplies, he draws on his ingenuity and sense of humor to survive. Those who love well-researched and meticulous details will find much to enjoy here.
Annotation:A botanist has spent three years aboard the space freighter "Valley Forge" preserving the only botanical specimens left from Earth under huge geodesic domes. When he receives orders to destroy the project and return home, he rebels and hijacks the space craft, killing his fellow crewman and injuring himself. He plunges the ship into the gaseous Rings of Saturn, where he embarks on the loneliest adventure of all with only two drone robots to keep him company.
Annotation:On a space station orbiting the mysterious planet Solaris, terrified crew members are experiencing a host of strange phenomena, including eerie visitors who seem all too human.
Annotation:Houston, we have a very big problem! In the mid-21st century, the nations of a dying Earth look starward for a solution and set out to colonize Mars. If a crash landing with damaged communications equipment isn’t bad enough, their robot is stuck in military mode and thinks they are the enemy.
Annotation:Four former test pilots missed the chance to go to space as NASA was being formed. The now old electrical engineer among them is called out of retirement to fix an aging Russian satellite before it crashes, but insists on bringing his original and equally old team. The physical preparation is not the only challenge they face, as the mission turns out to be much darker than they were told.
Annotation:A journey which moves from the pre-historic birth of intelligence toward the emergence of man as pure thought somewhere in the future, featuring a space voyage to Jupiter which erupts in disaster when the ship's computer goes mad.
Annotation:The year is 2009. For Kip Dawson, winning a passenger seat on American Space Adventure's first commercial spaceflight is a dream come true. But a successful launch quickly morphs into chaos when a micrometeor punches through the wall of the spacecraft, leaving the radios as dead as the pilot. With nothing to do but wait for his fate, Kip writes his epitaph on the ship's laptop computer, unaware that an audience of millions has discovered it and is tracking his every word on the Internet.
Annotation:On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin, along with crewmate Neil Armstrong, made history as they placed humankind's first steps on the moon. Now, in The return, written with award-winning novelist John Barnes, Aldrin offers a compelling novel about the opportunities and dangers that confront us today--and shows why we must, and will, seize the challenges before us.
Annotation:Dr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky. On a seemingly routine spacewalk, the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left, and the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
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Did you fall for Gravity? A wrecked space vehicle or an all too thin EVA suit is all there is between you and frozen vacuum of blackness… It does make a compelling story to pit a small team against harsh and unforgiving environments away from earth. Here are some movies and books that try to capture the individual human drama when things go terribly wrong in mankind’s giant leap of exploration. - Chris J.