Bold They Rise

Bold They Rise

The Space Shuttle Early Years, 1972-1986

Book - 2014
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After the Apollo program put twelve men on the moon and safely brought them home, anything seemed possible. In this spirit, the team at NASA set about developing the Space Shuttle, arguably the most complex piece of machinery ever created. The world's first reusable spacecraft, it launched like a rocket, landed like a glider, and carried out complicated missions in between. nbsp; nbsp; Bold They Rise tells the story of the Space Shuttle through the personal experiences of the astronauts, engineers, and scientists who made it happen--in space and on the ground, from the days of research and design through the heroic accomplishments of the program to the tragic last minutes of the Challenger disaster. In the participants' own voices, we learn what so few are privy to: what it was like to create a new form of spacecraft, to risk one's life testing that craft, to float freely in the vacuum of space as a one-man satellite, to witness a friend's death. A "guided tour" of the shuttle--in historical, scientific, and personal terms--this book provides a fascinating, richly informed, and deeply personal view of a feat without parallel in the human story.
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Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9780803226487
0803226489
9780803255562
9780803255494
9780803255487
Characteristics: xxii, 326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Smith, Heather R.

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