In 'Columbia: Final Voyage' aerospace writer Philip Chien, who has over 20 years' experience covering the US space program, provides a unique insight into the crew members who lost their lives in the Columbia disaster. Chien interviewed all seven crew members several times and got to know them as individuals. He reviews in detail their training, their scientific work and other activities during their successful 16-day flight, the background of the accident itself and a detailed first-hand account of what happened that fateful day in February 2003. The author provides a comprehensive and personal look at both the Columbia astronauts and the STS-107 mission, together with a behind-the-scenes account of other people involved in the mission and their personal reactions to the accident. Forward by Jonathan B. Clark, widower of Columbia astronaut Laurel Clark Introduction by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin
|Publisher:||Springer New York|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.04(d)|
Table of Contents
Preface.- Foreword – by a famous astronautIntroduction.- STS-107 – Columbia’s Final Mission.- The Mission – how it came to be.- The Astronauts.- It isn’t just Astronauts - The People behind the Scenes.- Understanding NASA.- The Eighteen delays – Was this mission NASA’s Unwanted Stepchild?- Training for the Mission.- Prequel – The STS-113 Flight Readiness Review.- Preparing for Launch10 Launch Day – January 16 2003.- Behind the Scenes – Engineers Analysing What Damage the Foam could have done.- Sixteen Days in Space – the Science, the Crew’s activities.- Living in Space.- Re-entry – February 1st.- Aftermath – Recovery of the Bodies – the Debris Recovery Operations Etc.- The Search for Debris.- Other Evidence.- Protecting the Shuttle from the Heat of Reentry.- Recreating What Happened – the story, the debris and OEX told.- Closing Down the Investigation.- 20/20 Hindsight.- Kooks and Myths.- Could a Rescue have been possible?- Memorials to the Crew.- The Science not lost – Columbia’s Legacy.- What Happened, Why it Happened, What could have been done differently?- Comparisons – Columbia vs Challenger.- Ironies – If Something were just a little different.- Appendices.- Maps.- Annotated Transcript of Mission Control Flight Director’s Loop.- The STS-107.- Flame Balls.- The American Indian Tribes involved in the Columbia Debris Recovery.- Columbia’s History.- Columbia’s previous flights.- The STS-107 Crew Patch.- The 18 delays to STS-107.- Special Thanks.- Bibliography.- Glossary.- Index.- Trivia.