- The cover sure is pretty: The title/author font appears to be the 1970s-popular Avant Garde font, and there’s a nice picture of Skylab moving across the face of the Earth below the title.
- Nice pictures inside: There are nice pictures of the crews inside, and Lousma in the shower is not left out.
- Some of the quotes are nice and kind of moving: There are some nice, big words in the book that will thrill those who successfully completed Advanced Placement English Language in high school.
The thing is, Gibson, Carr, and Pogue weren’t the first Skylabbers to have suggestions that could have been construed (or misconstrued) as “complaints.” The first two crews had lengthy debriefs after their missions filled with suggestions concerning things they’d like to see improved for the next crew(s). If Cooper had done his research, simply combing through the first two missions’ transcripts also would’ve turned up plenty of moments that could have been interpreted as “complaining.” For example, during the second mission, even sweet, apple-pie-cheeked Jack Lousma took issue with a piece of hardware aboard Skylab. According to Michael Collins’ 1988 book Liftoff: The Story of America’s Adventure in Space, “[Lousma] thought the wardroom table featured ‘the most miserable latch that’s ever been designed in the history of mankind or before.’” Even Collins conceded, “Cheerful as they were, the second crew did find things to grouse about.”
P.S. This post's title is kind of fraudulent, because I actually didn't complete this book. I rage quit it close to its middle.
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