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Part of the Springer Praxis Books in Space Exploration book series (PRAXIS)


When Vance Brand had his official astronaut portrait taken in 1979, wearing the new Shuttle pressure suit, he confidently expected to wear it on his first flight in a few years’ time. Although it was questionable how useful Columbia’s ejection seats would be as a means of emergency escape, the suit at least would keep him alive in case of a cabin depressurisation during the trip back to Earth. Little did Brand know that when he and his STS-5 crew lifted off on 11 November 1982, they would be wearing little more than overalls and a helmet ...


International Space Station European Space Agency Mission Specialist Shuttle Mission Shuttle Flight 


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