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The Right Spin, Further Reading

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Bryan Burrough, Dragonfly: NASA and the Crisis Aboard Mir; An Epic Adventure of Survival in Outer Space, New York, HarperCollins 1998.

    A beautifully written, suspenseful, and thoroughly researched book on the program to send U.S. astronauts for extended stays aboard the Russian space station Mir. Included are detailed descriptions of the near-fatal incidents related by Michael Foale on The Right Spin, and by his predecessor, Jerry Linenger.

Jerry M. Linenger, Off the Planet: Surviving Five Perilous Months aboard the Space Station Mir, New York, McGraw-Hill 2000.

   A first-hand account by the astronaut who preceded Michael Foale on board Mir, and who survived a disastrous fire and a near collision.

Michael Foale, “Dynamic Rotation of Space Station Mir”, The Mathematica Journal 7, Issue 3, Oct. 6, 1999, Special Section.

   Michael Foale’s analysis of the rotational motion of Mir using the classical Euler equations of a rotating body, written and solved numerically using the program Mathematica.

V. I. Arnold, Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics, translated by K. Vogtman and A. Weinstein, New York, Springer-Verlag 1978.

    A modern classic on classical mechanics by one of twentieth century’s major contributors to the subject. Included are discussions of various terms used by Michael Foale, including Euler’s equations, moments and axes of inertia, and Coriolis forces.