Too Far From Home: A Story of Life and Death in Space

Too Far From Home: A Story of Life and Death in Space

Chris Jones


An excellent, true-life experience set at the most threatening frontier of all—outer spaceIn the approximately 40 years seeing that Neil Armstrong walked at the moon, area trip has turn out to be visible as a regimen enterprise—at least till the trip Columbia disintegrated just like the Challenger sooner than it, reminding us, once more, that the hazards are all too real.
Too faraway from domestic vividly captures the detrimental realities of area shuttle. at any time when an astronaut makes the journey into house, he faces the potential for loss of life from the slightest mechanical blunders or example of undesirable good fortune: a cracked O-ring, an errant piece of area junk, an oxygen leak . . . There are a myriad of frighteningly possible occasions that will lead to an astronaut’s loss of life. in reality, twenty-one those that have tried the adventure were killed.
Yet for a distinct breed of person, the decision of house is well worth the probability. males resembling U.S. astronauts Donald Pettit and Kenneth Bowersox, and Russian flight engineer Nikolai Budarin, who in November 2002 left on what was once to be a regimen fourteen-week undertaking protecting the foreign area Station.
But then, on February 1, 2003, the Columbia exploded underneath them. regardless of the various information reviews reading the tragedy, the general public remained principally unaware that 3 males remained orbiting the earth. With the release application suspended indefinitely, those astronauts had by surprise misplaced their trip home.
Too faraway from Home chronicles the efforts of the beleaguered venture Controls in Houston and Moscow as they paintings frantically opposed to the clock to carry their males adequately again to Earth, finally identifying a plan that felt, at top, like a protracted shot.
Latched to the aspect of the gap station used to be a Russian-built Soyuz TMA-1 tablet, whose expertise dated from the past due Sixties (in 1971 a malfunction within the Soyuz 11 tablet left 3 Russian astronauts dead.) regardless of the inherent chance, the Soyuz grew to become the one desire to come back Bowersox, Budarin, and Pettit domestic.
Chris Jones writes superbly of the majesty and mystique of area commute, whereas reminding us all how perilous it really is to bounce past the sky.

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