Out of Orbit: The Incredible True Story of Three Astronauts Who Were Hundreds of Miles Above E arth When They Lost Their Ride Home

Out of Orbit: The Incredible True Story of Three Astronauts Who Were Hundreds of Miles Above E arth When They Lost Their Ride Home

by Chris Jones

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Out of Orbit: The Incredible True Story of Three Astronauts Who Were Hundreds of Miles Above E arth When They Lost Their Ride Home by Chris Jones

On February 1, 2003, the nation was stunned to watch the shuttle Columbia disintegrate into a blue-green sky. Despite the numerous new reports surrounding the tragedy, the public remained largely unaware that three men, U.S. astronauts Donald Pettit and Kenneth Bowersox, and Russian flight engineer Nikolai Budarin, remained orbiting the earth. With the launch program suspended indefinitely, these astronauts, who were already near the end of a fourteen-week mission, had suddenly lost their ride home.

Out of Orbit
is the harrowing, behind-the-scenes chronicle of the efforts of beleaguered Mission Controls in Houston and Moscow who worked frantically against the clock to bring their men safely back to Earth, ultimately settling on a plan that felt, at best, like a long shot.

Given that no shuttle could come for them, the astronauts’ only hope for a return flight became a Russian-built Soyuz TMA-1 capsule, latched to the side of the space station—a piece of equipment roughly the equivalent of a “padded box attached to a parachute,” with a troubled history (in 1971 a malfunction in the Soyuz 11 capsule left three Russian astronauts dead) and dated technology.

Gripping and faced-paced, Out of Orbit is an adventure in outer space that will keep you on the edge of your seat. In a day and age when space travel is poised to become available to masses, Out of Orbit vividly captures both its hazardous realities and soaring majesty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307793904
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 200,134
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

CHRIS JONES joined Esquire as a contributing editor and sports columnist, and became a Writer at Large when he won the 2005 National Magazine Award for Feature Writing for the story that became the basis for this book. Previously he was a sportswriter at the National Post, where he won an award as Canada’s outstanding young journalist. His work has also appeared in The Best American Magazine Writing and The Best American Sports Writing anthologies. He lives in Ottawa, Canada.


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