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Author Houston, Rick, 1967-

Title Wheels stop : the tragedies and triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011 / Rick Houston ; foreword by Jerry Ross.

Publication Info. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2013]


Location Call No. Status
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  629.44 HOUSTON    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  629.441 HOU    Check Shelf
 Southington Library - Adult  629.441 HOU    Check Shelf
Description xxiv, 428 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Outward odyssey : a people's history of spaceflight
Outward odyssey.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-401) and index.
Contents Back in the Game -- Cloak and Dagger, Science on Orbit -- Hubble Huggers -- Sleeping with the Enemy -- A Home on Orbit -- "The Debris was Talking to Me" -- We Came Home -- A Kick in the Pants -- The End of an Era -- A Magnificent Machine.
Summary Humanity's first reusable spacecraft and the most complex machine ever built, NASA's Space Shuttle debuted with great promise and as a dependable source of wonder and national pride. But with the Challenger catastrophe in 1986, the whole Space Shuttle program came into question, as did NASA itself, so long an institution that was seemingly above reproach. Wheels Stop tells the stirring story of how, after the Challenger disaster, the Space Shuttle not only recovered but went on to perform its greatest missions. From the Return to Flight mission of STS-26 in 1988 to the last shuttle mission ever on STS-135 in 2011, Wheels Stop takes readers behind the scenes as the shuttle's crews begin to mend Cold War tensions with the former Soviet Union, conduct vital research, deploy satellites, repair the Hubble Space Telescope, and assist in constructing the International Space Station. It also tells the heart-wrenching story of the Columbia tragedy and the loss of the magnificent STS-107 crew. As complex as the shuttle was, the people it carried into orbit were often more so--and this is their story, too. Close encounters with astronauts, flight controllers, and shuttle workers capture the human side of the Space Shuttle's amazing journey--and invite readers along for the ride.
Subject Space Shuttle Program (U.S.) -- History.
Space shuttles -- United States -- History.
ISBN 9780803235342 cloth alkaline paper
0803235348 cloth alkaline paper
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