Columbia Final Voyage: The Last Flight of Nasa’s First Space by Philip Chien

By Philip Chien

In ‘Columbia: ultimate Voyage’ aerospace author Philip Chien, who has over two decades’ adventure protecting the USA house application, offers a distinct perception into the group participants who misplaced their lives within the Columbia catastrophe. Chien interviewed all seven team individuals numerous instances and received to grasp them as contributors. He experiences intimately their education, their medical paintings and different actions in the course of their winning 16-day flight, the historical past of the coincidence itself and a close first-hand account of what occurred that fateful day in February 2003. the writer presents a entire and private examine either the Columbia astronauts and the STS-107 challenge, including a behind-the-scenes account of different humans keen on the undertaking and their own reactions to the accident.

Forward by way of Jonathan B. Clark, widower of Columbia astronaut Laurel Clark

Introduction by way of Apollo eleven astronaut Buzz Aldrin

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I’m just really looking forward to working with these folks and getting to know them better as we go through the training flow. ” Little did he know at that point they would spend an additional two years together because of the many delays to come. The crew was put together well before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but even then there was talk about the additional security concerns because STS-107 had an Israeli crewmember. Husband told me, “Certainly, Ilan [Ramon] from our perspective is a full-fledged member of the crew.

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is one which comes to mind. ” McCool and STS-107 Commander Rick Husband shared a geographical connection—Lubbock is just 112 miles from Amarillo. In addition, Husband attended Texas Tech at the same time that McCool’s mother was teaching there. 33 34 CHAPTER 3 McCool attended the US Naval Academy, where he was a member of the men’s cross-country and indoor/outdoor track teams. Coach Al Cantello was a major part of McCool’s academy life, and the two remained friends after McCool graduated.

It certainly makes sense for a circus to recruit gymnasts for summer jobs. Brown became an acrobat, 7foot unicyclist, and stilt walker with Circus Kingdom in 1977. But he only stayed with the circus for the summer. He returned to college, went on to earn his medical degree, and joined the Navy. Dave Brown (on the left) performs in the circus in 1977. Photo courtesy of Debby Kate Stahl Ramsey. 40 DAVE BROWN: PILOT, DOCTOR, GYMNAST Brown was born in Arlington, Virginia, and educated in Virginia— from elementary school through medical school.

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