The Space Shuttle Program: How NASA Lost Its Way

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This critical study of NASA's space shuttle program provides an in-depth examination of the events, decisions, and policies that may have contributed to the horrific destruction of the shuttles Challenger and Columbia. It first traces the early development of NASA's shuttle program, specifically examining the problems associated with the designs of shuttles OV-099 (which was to become Challenger) and OV-102 (which was to become Columbia).

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Overview

This critical study of NASA's space shuttle program provides an in-depth examination of the events, decisions, and policies that may have contributed to the horrific destruction of the shuttles Challenger and Columbia. It first traces the early development of NASA's shuttle program, specifically examining the problems associated with the designs of shuttles OV-099 (which was to become Challenger) and OV-102 (which was to become Columbia).

The reader is then taken through a detailed look at the first successful flights made by Challenger and Columbia and the cancellation of top-secret Shuttle flight 51-C (which would have launched under nearly identical weather conditions as the ill-fated Challenger). An in-depth assessment of the shuttles' disastrous final launches follows, including detailed accounts of the post-flight search and rescue operations, the official investigations into each accident, and the impact of each disaster on the future of NASA's manned space program.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786434343
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/29/2008
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Michael Gordon is the author of several books, and has written extensively on Victorian London and the Ripper phenomenon. He lives in Long Beach, California.

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Table of Contents

Sect. I Problems in Development

1 In the Beginning 5

2 A History of Success? The Solids 39

Sect. II Countdown to Disaster

3 51-C: Too Cold for the Military 55

4 1985 Was Not a Good Year 68

5 Pre-Flight: Dangers Not Seen 84

Sect. III Challenger's Final Mission

6 A Cold Morning Like No Other 93

7 The Final Ascent: The Flight of Challenger 106

8 Post-Flight Operations 129

Sect. IV Investigations and Recovery

9 The Challenger Investigation 153

10 Unanswered Questions: Beyond the Commission 171

11 Recovery for Flight? STS-26 179

Sect. V From Challenger to Columbia

12 Beyond the Recovery: Was It Really Fixed? 199

13 The Fall of Space Shuttle Columbia 210

14 On the Road Again 236

Sect. VI The Future of Manned Spaceflight

15 A Look to the Future 247

App. I Shuttle Flights Pre-Challenger Disaster 253

App. II The Flights of Columbia 263

App. III The Mission and Crew of Challenger 51-L 267

App. IV The Crew of Columbia STS-107 278

App. V Personal Observations on the Reliability of the Shuttle by Dr. Richard P. Feynman 280

App. VI The Columbia Emails: Opportunities Missed 288

App. VII Mission 51-L Press Kit 296

Abbreviations and Definitions 317

Chapter Notes 321

Bibliography 331

Index 341

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