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“An engrossing report.”—Booklist“Vividly captures the challenges and privations [Dr. Linenger] endured both before and during his flight.”—Library JournalNothing on earth compares to Off the Planet—Dr. Jerry Linenger’s dramatic account of space exploration turned survival mission during his 132 days aboard the decaying and unstable Russian space station Mir.Not since Apollo 13 has an American astronaut faced so many catastrophic malfunctions and life-threatening emergencies in one mission. In his remarkable narrative, Linenger chronicles power outages that left the crew in complete darkness, tumbling out of control; chemical leaks and near collisions that threatened to rupture Mir’s hull; and most terrifying of all—a raging fire that almost destroyed the space station and the lives of its entire crew.

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Imagine yourself in a decaying space station far away from the atmosphere you never realized you needed so badly, not knowing if the next malfunction would kill you or merely keep you busy. Dr. Jerry M. Linenger experienced just this and describes his harrowing but ennobling five months aboard Mir in Off the Planet, a memoir that evokes the excitement of living every day as a life-threatening adventure. Linenger''s very personal writing style draws the reader into the story quickly, breezing through his childhood, Annapolis training, medical school, and selection as an astronaut, then moving quickly to the Mir assignment and its aftermath.

Linenger isn''t shy about sharing his opinions. Chapter titles like "Broken Trust" and "An Attempted Coverup" show his feelings about the bizarre relationship between the crew and mission control that may have kept him and his Russian comrades in constant danger. He also heaps praise on his fellow crew members and family for their strength and perseverance throughout the mission--between communication difficulties, the cloud of doubt surrounding the station''s systems, and problems like fires and toxic fumes, it''s a wonder anyone survived with their sanity intact. The full-color pictures accompanying the text add further insight into life aboard Mir. --Rob Lightner

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It was like nothing on Earth. "An unvarnished account of his near-disastrous stay, in 1997, on Russia''s creaky space station...an engrossing report that NASA''s publicity machine will bemoan."--Booklist. "[Linenger''s] frank, personable prose shows readers what it''s like to be an astronaut--or at least to be this particular astronaut, trying, along with his Russian companions, to live and work with good humor on an 11-year-old, half-broken, famously flammable space station as its air fills with antifreeze that is leaking out of shoddy cooling lines."--Publishers Weekly. "NASA astronaut Linenger spent five months aboard the Russian space station Mir, a spacecraft operating far beyond its design life. His personal account vividly captures the challenges and privation he endured both before and during his flight."--Library Journal.

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Capt. Jerry M. Linenger, M.D., Ph.D., is a retired U.S. Navy flight surgeon and NASA astronaut. A naval academy graduate, Dr. Linenger holds a doctorate in epidemiology, a master''s in systems management, and a master''s in public health policy. He has also been awarded three honorary doctorate degrees in science. During his mission aboard Mir, he logged fifty million miles in more than two thousand Earth orbits. He was the first American to undock from the space station in Soyuz spacecraft and the first American to spacewalk wearing a Russian spacesuit outside a foreign craft. At the completion of his mission, he had spent more continuous time in space than any male American.

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Sarah Liu
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Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2013
I thoroughly respect Dr. Linenger as an astronaut, as a doctor, as a courageous individual who can overcome any obstacle in his life. I am thankful for the sacrifices he made, and his dedication to the success of his missions. Unfortunately, the same... See more
I thoroughly respect Dr. Linenger as an astronaut, as a doctor, as a courageous individual who can overcome any obstacle in his life. I am thankful for the sacrifices he made, and his dedication to the success of his missions.

Unfortunately, the same characteristics that an individual requires to accomplish all that he has, well they make for pretty bad reading. The first half of the book consists of him delineating his achievements, all of which helped his ego grow (justifiably) to the size of a planet. The only problem with that is that his ego fills the whole book and leaves no room for a reader who can only feel like they are being talked down to.

In the preface, Linenger paraphrases a paraphrase of a quote that he used on his astronaut application and could not be bothered to correctly attribute: "Man should be able to change a diaper, run a marathon, build a house, write a book, appreciate good music, and fly in space." Later... "And now I have written a book."

Well OK, Mr. Linenger, if you want to check that off, go ahead. But I seriously doubt you''ve changed many diapers either.

The writing is quite simply bad. The timelines are completely all over the place. There were blatantly wrong pieces of grammar. I honestly blame the publisher a little bit. They should have given him a better editor (or was there no one who could edit past his ego?).

And still, I enjoyed the book. I enjoyed the book because once he actually got to the space station stuff, the events depicted are fascinating in and of themselves. Such events, from ANY first-hand perspective, can''t help but fascinate.

I am in awe of Dr. Linenger for every aspect of his story except his story.
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Roger D. Launius
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A Fine Astronaut Memoir of the Strife-Filled Shuttle-Mir Program of the Mid-1990s
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2007
During the middle part of the 1990s NASA and the Russian Space Agency engaged in a set of cooperative missions that resulted in nine Space Shuttle-Mir link ups between 1995 and 1998, including rendezvous, docking, and crew transfers. Jerry Linenger was one of the NASA... See more
During the middle part of the 1990s NASA and the Russian Space Agency engaged in a set of cooperative missions that resulted in nine Space Shuttle-Mir link ups between 1995 and 1998, including rendezvous, docking, and crew transfers. Jerry Linenger was one of the NASA astronauts sent to fly on Mir, serving there between January 12 and May 15, 1997. This book recounts his experiences training for this mission, including the difficult time he spent at the Cosmonaut training facility at Star City, as well as the mission itself. As he noted about the Russians at Star City, "the goal of helping cosmonauts and astronauts better prepare for a mission was not a shared goal. Making money off the Americans seemed to be the overriding consideration" (p. 43).

A centerpiece of this book is the exceptionally difficult crises on Mir while Linenger was aboard. The first took place on February 24, 1997, when Linenger and his fellow crewmembers fought a fire caused when an oxygen generator in Kvant 1 malfunctioned and ignited. While the fire burned for only about ninety seconds, the crew was exposed to heavy smoke for five to seven minutes and donned masks in response. Linenger had been in the Spektr module working on his computer when he heard Mir''s master alarm go off. He shut down his computer--in case the power should go off--put on some protective gear, and rushed as best he could in his weightless condition to the scene of the accident. They all realized that the fire was serious, it could jeopardize the station and their lives, for it blocked access to one of the Soyuz spacecraft needed for return to Earth. Crewmembers extinguished the fire with foam from three fire extinguishers, each containing two liters of a water-based liquid. The fire was not small. Burning in all directions in the microgravity of the space station, the oxygen from the generator fueled hydra-like flames up to three feet long. Periodically, said Linenger, bits of molten metal from the oxygen generator went splattered the bulkhead. Once the fire had been contained they started purging the atmosphere of the smoke, and Linenger, a physician, examined the other members of the crew to ensure they had not been injured. The crew wore masks and goggles until an analysis of the Mir atmosphere ensured that they experienced no serious health risk.

The fire foreshadowed a series of problems aboard Mir during the spring and summer of 1997. Oxygen generators broke down, the automatic docking system malfunctioned, various types of equipment both great and small interrupted the normally monotonous activities, the station''s orientation system broke down, the power system failed when the solar arrays lost their position toward the Sun, and leaks in the Kvant-2 cooling system forced numerous repairs and seemingly endless fussing to keep it running. It appeared that the Mir crew, including Linenger, spent the majority of their days repairing the space station. They gingerly positioned Mir in relation to the Sun so that they could control temperature on various parts of the station. The environment on Mir was uncomfortable, and the crew complained about it.

Linenger believed that Russian mission control failed to inform the crew about the status of their station. He expressed nothing but praise for his fellow crewmembers for their strength and perseverance throughout the mission. Even with communication difficulties, a cloud of doubt surrounding the station''s systems, difficulties with mission control, and fires and toxic fumes, the crew worked relatively well under very difficult circumstances.

Linenger tells his story with verve and style, and not a little humor, but that that barely hides a cynicism aboiut the whole effort. He concluded, "That the shuttle Mir program is primarily a political rather than a technical endeavor is obvious to anyone working on it or familiar with it" (p. 113). He also notes that the Shuttle/Mir program was essentially a form of foreign aid by the Clinton administration to Russia using NASA''s space exploration money rather than funds appropriated through the various foreign aid programs of the United States. He concluded: "the U.S. government perceived that engaging the Russians in a cooperative space undertaking was reason enough to stick by Mir. Or perhaps having a means for our government to funnel millions of dollars in foreign aid to Russia under the guise of `rent money'' so the United States can send astronauts to Mir is a valuable political stratagem" (p. 248).

In many ways this is a fascinating book, pulling back the curtain on the Shuttle/Mir cooperative program between the U.S. and Russia in the mid-1990s.
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Britni Pepper
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A personal account
Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2002
I well remember the morning of 18 September 1999, my son''s 10th birthday, when I took him outside in the early morning for a splendid pass directly overhead by Mir. I have never seen before or since a better pass - right over the house. I waved up and tried to kid my kid... See more
I well remember the morning of 18 September 1999, my son''s 10th birthday, when I took him outside in the early morning for a splendid pass directly overhead by Mir. I have never seen before or since a better pass - right over the house. I waved up and tried to kid my kid that I''d arranged the deal just for him.
I''ve read Foale''s book, I''ve read Dragonfly, and I''ve read a few other accounts of life aboard the dilapidated Mir space station. Jerry''s account is a personal one, and like any other astronaut he talks about himself and his experience, but he also gives a good picture of conditions aboard and the tensions between crew members and ground control. It must have been a very challenging environment in a spacecraft filled with garbage and outdated equipment, requiring constant attention, in a space program kept aloft by political commitments rather than any real scientific need.
It is good to read Jerry''s side of the story and to see how he dealt with the inefficiencies, the corruption and the constant malfunctions of the program. We haven''t heard the last of Mir just yet, and I look forward to seeing an increasingly complete account of the flights coming out over the years to come.
I''ll agree that Dragonfly is the more balanced account, a real eye-opener in its own right, but Jerry Linenger''s account fills a gap in the story, and I can recommend it to any space junkie wanting a fix.
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Shannon B.Top Contributor: Coloring
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The truth about life on Mir
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2004
Jerry Linenger wrote "Off the Planet" to describe his out-of-this-world (literally) experiences on the Mir spacestation, as an American astronaut working with the Russians. This autobiographical book goes into Jerry''s adventures with Mir''s copious mechanical problems, his... See more
Jerry Linenger wrote "Off the Planet" to describe his out-of-this-world (literally) experiences on the Mir spacestation, as an American astronaut working with the Russians. This autobiographical book goes into Jerry''s adventures with Mir''s copious mechanical problems, his reflections on life on earth, and the politics of the cooperative space program between Russia and the United States. I received this book after Jerry spoke at a conference I attended. I do not usually read books in this genre, but to my surprise, it was an entertaining read and I ended up purchasing another copy for my father.
The format of the book is not exactly chronological. Each chapter could be a standalone essay, focusing on a different event or issue on Mir. The early chapters introduce Jerry, and show the progression of his career up to his training for Mir. The last few chapters go into Jerry''s newfound perspective on existence, and the difficult adaptation back to earth life.
Jerry''s writing style is as direct and unceremonious as his speeches. He explains complicated scientific issues with ease, and even this liberal arts major could understand what he was talking about. He talks about lofty topics, like Russian-US relations. Then he''ll move on to discuss how astronauts use the bathroom, or the difficulties of eating pretzels in space.
There have been quite a few criticisms of this book. Some have said that Jerry is egotistical. If he hadn''t admitted this fault in the book, I wouldn''t have noticed it. It seems appropriate for an accomplished astronaut to be proud of his work. Others claim that there is another side to the story, but there is always another side to the story. I know that I am reading about Mr. Linenger''s perspective of the events on Mir, and I can put it into context with other published works.
I already agree with the sentiments with which Jerry Linenger sums up his book. He tells us that we should live each day as if it is our last, to enjoy all the natural bounties that the earth gives us, and to value our precious time on the planet. Each breath of oxygen and moment in the sunlight should be cherished. I completely agree. One way that this book has changed me is that it has made me more aware of the space program. When I hear about unmanned landings on Mars or even events on Mir, I perk up and listen more closely than I had in the past.
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Les W.
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A Great Great story. Makes me ask what I am doing with my life.
Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2015
I am privileged to have met the author played hockey with him in Michigan. This is a great book. I have shared it with others and they have ordered additional copies for their family members.
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Great book!!
Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2012
I loved this book so much I read it non stop until I was too tired to finish and had to finish the next day. My only criticism is that Jerry certainly comes off as having a huge ego. It didn''t distract me from the story, but it was definitely noticable.
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great eye-opener
Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2014
The real story of Mir. Jerry is one of my classmates brothers. This is the reality of an astronaut on Mir, not so much elevating as deflating. But real, amazing. Great book!
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Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2017
This book was perfect and it''s autographed. What a fine. Extremely happy.
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Anthony McCulloch
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Not good.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 16, 2015
Awful. Read "Dragonfly" instead, which coincidentally hints at why Linengers account is perhaps the less-deserving read.
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Survived!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 23, 2017
Fascinating read. Amazing that the author and his crewmates even survived!
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