Bringing Columbia Home

Bringing Columbia Home

Written by Leinbach, this is the definitive inside story of the disaster, the recovery, and the inspiring response, sharing the deeply personal stories that emerged as NASA employees looked for lost colleagues and searchers overcame immense ...

Author: Michael D. Leinbach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781628728521

Category: Social Science

Page: 386

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The “gripping and dramatic” inside story of the epic search and recovery operation after the Columbia shuttle disaster that united thousands of Americans (Booklist). Voted the Best Space Book of the Year by the Space Hipsters On February 1, 2003, Columbia disintegrated on reentry before the nation’s eyes, and all seven astronauts aboard were lost. Mike Leinbach, Launch Director of the space shuttle program at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center, was a key leader in the search and recovery effort as NASA, FEMA, the FBI, the US Forest Service, and dozens more federal, state, and local agencies combed an area of rural east Texas the size of Rhode Island for every piece of the shuttle and her crew they could find. Assisted by hundreds of volunteers, it would become the largest ground search operation in US history—an effort that was instrumental in piecing together what happened so the shuttle program could return to flight and complete the International Space Station. Written by Leinbach, this is the definitive inside story of the disaster, the recovery, and the inspiring response, sharing the deeply personal stories that emerged as NASA employees looked for lost colleagues and searchers overcame immense physical, logistical, and emotional challenges and worked together to accomplish the impossible. Featuring a foreword and epilogue by astronauts Robert Crippen and Eileen Collins, and dedicated to the astronauts and recovery search persons who lost their lives, this is “a gripping account of a fatal tragedy and the impressive and deeply emotional human response that ensued” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). “Despite the dramatic tragedy at the beginning of the book, it's the quiet stories of perseverance and camaraderie that will linger longest.” —Christian Science Monitor “Vividly capture[s] the intensity of those very difficult days...The book also reminded me of the spirit of the American people who selflessly worked together to help NASA in its hour of greatest need. It’s a message we all need to remember these days.” —Scott Kelly
Categories: Social Science

Pop Goes the Decade The 2000s

Pop Goes the Decade  The 2000s

Bringing Columbia Home: The Untold Story of a Lost Space Shuttle and Her Crew. New York: Arcade. Levy, Janey. 2019. The Human Genome Project: History Just before You Were Born. New York: Gareth Stevens. Linzmayer, Owen W. 2004.

Author: Richard A. Hall

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440868139

Category: Social Science

Page: 261

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Pop Goes the Decade: The 2000s comprehensively examines popular culture in the 2000s, placing the culture of the decade in historical context and showing how it not only reflected but also influenced its times. Pop Goes the Decade: The 2000s starts with a timeline of major historical pop culture events of the 2000s, followed by an introduction describing what the U.S. was like at the beginning of the new millennium and how it would change throughout the decade. Next come chapters broken down by medium: television, sports, music, movies, literature, technology, media, and fashion and art. A chapter on controversies in popular culture is followed by a chapter on game-changers, featuring 20 individuals who made a major impact on the U.S. in the 2000s. Finally, a conclusion shows the impact that pop culture in the 2000s has had on the U.S. in the years since. This volume serves as a comprehensive resource for high school and college students studying popular culture in the 2000s. It provides a summary of total impact, plus specific insights into each individual topic. It also includes a wide swath of the scholarship produced on the subject to date. Covers the people, events, and ideas whose impact is still felt in the years since the 2000s, rather than simply telling the history of a decade Offers a detailed understanding of the variety of strands composing the culture of the decade Covers the personalities who helped to shape the decade Suggests areas of further exploration for students of popular culture
Categories: Social Science

Through the Glass Ceiling to the Stars

Through the Glass Ceiling to the Stars

His 2018 book, Bringing Columbia Home: The Untold Story of a Lost Space Shuttle and Her Crew, coauthored with former space shuttle launch director Michael Leinbach, earned accolades ranging from a starred review in Kirkus Reviews to ...

Author: Eileen M. Collins

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781956763003

Category: Science

Page: 296

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The long-awaited memoir of a trailblazer and role model who is telling her story for the first time. Eileen Collins was an aviation pioneer her entire career, from her crowning achievements as the first woman to command an American space mission as well as the first to pilot the space shuttle to her early years as one of the Air Force’s first female pilots. She was in the first class of women to earn pilot’s wings at Vance Air Force Base and was their first female instructor pilot. She was only the second woman pilot admitted to the Air Force’s elite Test Pilot Program at Edwards Air Force Base. NASA had such confidence in her skills as a leader and pilot that she was entrusted to command the first shuttle mission after the Columbia disaster, returning the US to spaceflight after a two-year hiatus. Since retiring from the Air Force and NASA, she has served on numerous corporate boards and is an inspirational speaker about space exploration and leadership. Eileen Collins is among the most recognized and admired women in the world, yet this is the first time she has told her story in a book. It is a story not only of achievement and overcoming obstacles but of profound personal transformation. The shy, quiet child of an alcoholic father and struggling single mother, who grew up in modest circumstances and was an unremarkable student, she had few prospects when she graduated from high school, but she changed her life to pursue her secret dream of becoming an astronaut. She shares her leadership and life lessons throughout the book with the aim of inspiring and passing on her legacy to a new generation.
Categories: Science

Into the Black

Into the Black

The Extraordinary Untold Story of the First Flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the Astronauts Who Flew Her ... As the crew prepared to leave for work, Dale Gardner suggested, “Well, let's try it one more time” and turned on the TV ...

Author: Rowland White

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781501123634

Category: History

Page: 480

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On April 12, 1981, NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral: a state-of-the-art flying machine, and the world's first real spaceship: a winged rocket plane, the size of an airliner, and capable of flying to space and back before preparing to fly again. Less than an hour after departure tiles designed to protect the ship from the blowtorch burn of re-entry were missing from the heat shield. White recaptures the historic moments leading up to the launch of the Columbia, her daring maiden flight, and her life and death struggle to return, using interviews, NASA oral histories, and recently declassified material.
Categories: History