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Author Leinbach, Michael D., author.

Title Bringing Columbia home / Michael D. Leinbach and Jonathan H. Ward ; foreword by Astronaut Robert Crippen ; epilogue by Astronaut Eileen Collins.

Publication Info. New York : Arcade Publishing, 2018.


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 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  363.124 LEINBACH    Check Shelf
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Non Fiction  363.124 LEINBACH    Check Shelf
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  363.124 LEINBACH    Check Shelf
 Burlington Public Library - Adult Department  363.12 LEINBACH    Check Shelf
 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department  363.124 LEINBACH    Check Shelf
 Cromwell-Belden Public Library - Adult Department  363.124 LEI    Check Shelf
 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - Adult Department  363.124 LEINBACK    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  363.124 LEINBACH    Check Shelf
 Mansfield, Main Library - Adult Nonfiction  629.45 LEINBACH    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  363.124 LEI    Check Shelf

Edition First edition.
Description xii, 356 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Summary On February 1, 2003, Columbia disintegrated on reentry before the nation's eyes, and all seven astronauts aboard were lost. Author Mike Leinbach, Launch Director of the space shuttle program at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center was a key leader in the search and recovery effort as NASA, FEMA, the FBI, the US Forest Service, and dozens more federal, state, and local agencies combed rural east Texas for every piece of the shuttle they could find. Assisted by hundreds of volunteers, it would become the largest ground search operation in US history. Leinbach shares the deeply personal stories that emerged as NASA employees looked for lost colleagues and searchers overcame immense physical, logistical, and emotional challenges to bring home the remains of the crew and nearly 40 percent of shuttle, an effort that was instrumental in piecing together what happened so the shuttle program could return to flight and complete the International Space Station.
For the first time, here is the definitive inside story of the Columbia shuttle disaster and recovery, written by Mike Leinbach who was the launch director of the NASA shuttle program when Columbia disintegrated on reentry before a nation’s eyes on February 1, 2003. A gripping account of a fatal tragedy and the impressive and deeply emotional human response that ensued."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [316]-335) and index.
Contents Foreword by Robert Crippen -- Silence and shock -- Good things come to people who wait -- The foam strike -- Landing day -- Recovery day 1 -- Assessing the situation -- Searching for the crew -- Columbia is going home in a coffin -- Walkers, divers, and spotters -- Their mission became our mission -- Reconstructing Columbia -- Healing and closure -- Preserving and learning from Columbia -- The beginning of the end -- Celebrating 25,000 heroes -- Epilogue by Eileen Collins.
Subject Columbia (Spacecraft) -- Accidents.
Space shuttles -- Accidents -- United States.
Space vehicles -- Recovery.
Space vehicle accidents -- United States.
Astronauts -- Accidents -- United States.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Science & Technology.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Aeronautics & Astronautics.
Added Author Ward, Jonathan H., author.
Crippen, Robert L., writer of introduction.
Collins, Eileen (Eileen Marie), 1956- writer of afterword.
ISBN 9781628728514 (hardcover) (alk. paper)
1628728515 (hardcover) (alk. paper)
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