Bringing Columbia Home

Bringing Columbia Home

The Untold Story of A Lost Space Shuttle and Her Crew

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Arcade Publishing, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781628728514
Call Number: 629.441 LEINBACH
Characteristics: xii, 356 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Subjects: 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.


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