The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Date: August 2017
Duration: 8 hours 52 minutes
An epic memoir from a man whose life defines exploration and innovation, The Sky Below re-creates some of the most unforgettable adventures of our time. From dramatic, high-risk spacewalks to Parazynski's death-defying quest to summit Mount Everest-his body ravaged by a career in space-readers will experience the life of an elite athlete, physician, and explorer.
This intimate, compelling memoir offers a rare portrait of space exploration from the inside. A global nomad raised in the shadow of NASA's Apollo missions, Parazynski never lost sight of his childhood dream to one day don a spacesuit and float outside the airlock. With deep passion, unbridled creativity, resilience, humility, and self-deprecation, Parazynski chases his dream of the ultimate adventure experience, again and again and again. In an era that transitioned from moon shots to the Space Shuttle, space station, and Mars research, Parazynski flies with John Glenn, tests jet packs, trains in Russia to become a cosmonaut, and flies five missions to outer space (totaling seven spacewalks) in his seventeen-year NASA career.
An unparalleled, visceral opportunity to understand what it's like to train for-and deploy to-a home in zero gravity, The Sky Below also portrays an astronaut's engagement with the challenges of his life on Earth, including raising a beautiful autistic daughter, along with the promise of finally finding true love.