Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011

Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011

by Rick Houston, Jerry Ross

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496209825
Publisher: Nebraska
Publication date: 04/01/2020
Series: Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Spaceflight
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 456
Sales rank: 696,763
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Rick Houston, a full-time journalist for more than twenty years, is the author of Second to None: The History of the NASCAR Busch Series and Man on a Mission: The David Hilmers Story and a contributor to Footprints in the Dust: The Epic Voyages of Apollo, 1969–1975 (Nebraska, 2010). Jerry Ross, a former astronaut, shares the world record for the most spaceflights flown with seven to his credit. He is the author of Spacewalker.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Back in the Game
2. Cloak and Dagger, Science on Orbit
3. Hubble Huggers
4. Sleeping with the Enemy
5. A Home on Orbit
6. "The Debris was Talking to Me"
7. We Came Home
8. A Kick in the Pants
9. The End of an Era
10. A Magnificent Machine
Epilogue
Sources
Index

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