Space: Knocking On Heaven's Gate

An astronaut describes life in space

Physicist Joseph P. Allen, one of five crew members aboard the space shuttle Discovery, made his maiden voyage into space two years ago. An astronaut since 1967, he took the fifth flight of the shuttle Columbia. Back on terra firma, Allen collaborated with Writer Russell Martin on a book, Entering Space, published this month (Stewart, Tabori & Chang; $24.95). Illustrated with scores of photographs, a few of which appear here, Entering Space is a knowing and scrupulously detailed account of the most ambitious American adventures aloft. It gives...

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