Comm Check...: The Final Flight of Shuttle Columbia

Comm Check...: The Final Flight of Shuttle Columbia

Michael Cabbage

On February 1, 2003, the unthinkable occurred. the gap travel Columbia disintegrated 37 miles above Texas, seven courageous astronauts have been killed and America's house software, regularly an eyeblink from catastrophe, suffered its moment catastrophic in-flight failure. not like the Challenger catastrophe 17 years previous, Columbia's destruction left the state one failure clear of the capability abandonment of human house exploration. Media assurance within the speedy aftermath eager about the potential reason for the catastrophe, and at the nation's grief. however the complete human tale, and the surprising information of NASA's the most important blunders, have by no means been advised -- previously.

in accordance with dozens of specific interviews, never-before-published files and recordings of key conferences got via the authors, Comm Check takes the reader contained in the convention rooms and places of work the place NASA's most sensible and brightest controlled the nation's multi-billion-dollar commute software -- and the place they didn't realize the symptoms of an approaching catastrophe. it's the tale of an area software driven to the edge of failure by means of relentless political strain, shrinking budgets and improper choice making. The self reliant research into the catastrophe exposed why Columbia broke aside within the sky above Texas. Comm Check brings that tale to existence with the human drama at the back of the tragedy.

Michael Cabbage and William Harwood, of America's most valuable area newshounds, are veterans of all yet a handful of NASA's 113 travel missions. Tapping a community of assets and bringing a mixed 3 many years of expertise to undergo, the authors offer an extraordinary glimpse into NASA's internal circles, chronicling the agency's so much devastating failure and the demanding situations that face NASA because it struggles to come the USA to space.

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