Bold They Rise: The Space Shuttle Early Years, 1972-1986

Bold They Rise: The Space Shuttle Early Years, 1972-1986

Regular price
$21.56
Sale price
$21.56
Regular price
$26.95
Sold out
Unit price
per 
Shipping calculated at checkout.

Author/Contributor(s): Hitt, David ; Smith, Heather R ; Crippen, Robert L
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Date: 11/01/2021
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW
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.

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.