"An engrossing report."--Booklist "Vividly captures the challenges and privations [Dr. Linenger] endured both before and during his flight."--Library Journal Nothing on earth compares to Off the Planet--Dr. Jerry Linenger's dramatic account of space exploration turned survival mission during his 132 days aboard the decaying and unstable Russian space station Mir. Not since Apollo 13 has an American astronaut faced so many catastrophic malfunctions and life-threatening emergencies in one mission. In his remarkable narrative, Linenger chronicles power outages that left the crew in complete darkness, tumbling out of control; chemical leaks and near collisions that threatened to rupture Mir's hull; and most terrifying of all--a raging fire that almost destroyed the space station and the lives of its entire crew.