Columbia: Final Voyage

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 23, 2006 - Science - 454 pages
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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

 

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Contents

A Modest Mission
1
MISSION MAKERS
11
The Boy from Amarillo
12
Running Man
32
Pilot Doctor Gymnast
40
The Girl from India
49
The Kid Who Wanted to Fly
59
Submarine Doctor Mother
69
Mist Biotube Challenger Anniversary
284
Press Conference
291
MEIDEX External Spacehab Payloads
300
Automated Payloads Preparing to Come Home
306
FEBRUARY 1 2003
311
Reentry
312
The Accident
317
Mission Control on Landing Day
325

Israels First Space Traveler
77
The Astronauts Who Werent Selected
87
It Isnt Just the Astronauts
94
THE LONG ROAD TO LAUNCH
111
A NASA Primer
112
The Eighteen Delays
127
Training for the Mission
136
Presenting NASA to the World
152
STS112 and STS113
161
Preparing for Launch
167
Launch Day
181
Behind the Scenes
195
Living in Space
215
SIXTEEN DAYS IN SPACE
227
MEIDEX Phab4 ARMS Ascent Video
228
Calcium Kinetics Press Interviews
238
LSP Spacehab Problems
241
VCD MPFE
248
Ariel Sharon Call Internet Questions
252
MGM Astroculture
254
SOFBALL CIBX
257
STARS FREESTAR
263
BDS BRIC OSTEO
271
ZCG Biopack
274
ShiptoShip Call FRESH
279
Chapter38 WhatShouldHaveHappened
331
The Medias Coverage of STS107
338
The First Hours After the Accident
345
Viewing Columbias Reentry
350
Where Were You ?
357
The Publics Reaction
365
AFTERMATH
371
The Search for Debris
372
Other Evidence
383
Completing the Investigation
390
Kooks and Myths
399
Was a Rescue Possible?
408
Memorials
412
The Science Not Lost
419
Afterword
428
Charities
433
Companion CDROM
434
Emails with Columbia
436
The STS107 Crew Logo
440
The 18 Delays to STS107
441
Special Thanks
443
Bibliography
444
Glossary
445
Index
449
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Philip Chien is a full-time space journalist. Over the last twenty years, he has covered over a hundred Shuttle launches. His reports have appeared on CNN, in Popular Science, Time and in the Jerusalem Post, among other venues.

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