Did you ever read Chris Kraft's book? I recently finished it and I'm still excited about it because it was so good!
I did, and I’m glad you liked it! I liked it as well, and I honestly need to reread it again.
For those who haven’t read it, Chris Kraft’s bio is a must-read for several reasons:
He had an interesting life pre-NASA
He was “the Father of Mission Control” and one of the leaders of NASA at beginnings. He was able to witness and influence so much, and he observed a lot of the behind-the-scenes action. But the book is most memorable because…
…he throws so much shade at people. This book is Tumblr Famous for all the gossip he dishes out and all of the Chris Kraft Rage (TM) that he unleashes. Scott Carpenter is the most notorious example (he got a chapter and then some), but there are scores of others: various NASA leadership, other astronauts, and really anyone who crossed his path. (He explicitly stated that when he met Wernher von Braun, he wanted to punch him in the face.)
But I’d love to hear your favorite parts! Has anyone else read Flight: My Life In Mission Control? If so, what did you think?
Do you know if aerospace cabins are pure oxygen environments at all times? Do they purposely put carbon dioxide or any other gas in to slow the rate of combustion? Or are all other gases constantly being cycled out and oxygen cycled in?
This article about environmental control systems in airplanes will probably answer your question in-depth.