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An insider’s account of the Space Shuttle program from Jerry L. Ross, a NASA veteran who was selected to be an astronaut in 1980 and retired from the Agency in 2012. Includes the full text of his 2013 autobiography, Spacewalker, co-written with John Norberg. Features images and videos related to Dr. Ross’s life, most with recorded commentary by him, including rarely seen “home videos” of launches and life in space now held in the Barron Hilton Archives at Purdue University. Additional interactive features include a quiz and timeline. Designed not only for adult space enthusiasts but also for children aged 10 and older, to inspire them to study science and engineering.

What's New

Version 1.2

- Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

Insider account of the Space Shuttle era, with great functionality and design


Jerry Ross is not one of the best known astronauts but he played major roles in the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs. This App is built around the full text of his autobiography but includes a large number of additional images and videos, with commentaries by Jerry. These include "home videos" filmed with a handheld camera which give a great sense of the culture of the astronaut corps. This would be a great App for a middle schooler interested in space and includes an interactive quiz based on the book with some video questions as well. There is a timeline wheel and you can view the images and videos via a gallery as well as while reading the book. Nice design features and an intuitive interface. But the best thing is the way in which Jerry Ross's approachable personality comes through. This is an App with a very clear 'voice' and Jerry is a very approachable guide to an amazing period in space history.



The included videos, most narrated by Jerry, are an incredibly valuable part of a fantastic value.


909 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2013 Purdue University


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