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Author: Michael Foale; Robert Osserman; George Paul Csicsery; Clay Mathematics Institute.; Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (Berkeley, Calif.)
Publisher: [Berkeley, CA] : Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English
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In 1997 Michael Foale was the American astronaut on board the Russian space station Mir at the time of a failed docking attempt with an unmanned Progress supply ship. The supply ship collided with Mir, punching a hole in one of the modules of Mir, damaging a number of the solar panels, and inducing a tumbling motion that prevented the remaining solar panels from pointing toward the sun. Michael Foale provides his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Educational films
Science films
Science videos
Named Person: Michael Foale; Michael Foale
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Foale; Robert Osserman; George Paul Csicsery; Clay Mathematics Institute.; Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (Berkeley, Calif.)
ISBN: 0963990349 9780963990341
OCLC Number: 62523677
Notes: "A special video presentation for Mathematics Awareness Month 2005"--Disc surface.
Funded by The Clay Mathematics Institute, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.
Credits: Cinematography, Al Klimas, Skip Sweeney ; editor, Skip Sweeney ; music, Jon Herbst ; narrated by Robert Osserman ; animation of MIR rotation produced by Dave Bayer from Michael Foale's Mathematica program.
Performer(s): Michael Foale.
Description: 1 videodisc (35 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Other Titles: Story of a dramatic rescue in space and the mathematics behind it
Responsibility: the Clay Mathematics Institute and Mathematical Sciences Research Institute present ; written and produced by Robert Osserman ; directed by George Paul Csicsery.

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In 1997 Michael Foale was the American astronaut on board the Russian space station Mir at the time of a failed docking attempt with an unmanned Progress supply ship. The supply ship collided with Mir, punching a hole in one of the modules of Mir, damaging a number of the solar panels, and inducing a tumbling motion that prevented the remaining solar panels from pointing toward the sun. Michael Foale provides his personal account of the experience, and explains the mathematical methods involved in rescuing Mir from what would almost certainly have been its demise had they been forced to evacuate and leave it tumbling without power until it burned up re-entering the earth's atmosphere.

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