Bold They Rise: The Space Shuttle Early Years, 1972-1986 by David HittBold They Rise: The Space Shuttle Early Years, 1972-1986 by David Hitt

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

byDavid Hitt, Heather R. SmithForeword byRobert L. Crippen

Hardcover | June 1, 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.
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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David Hitt is the coauthor of Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story (Nebraska, 2008). Heather R. Smith has worked as an education writer for NASA. Bob Crippen is a NASA astronaut who piloted the first Space Shuttle flight.
Title:Bold They Rise: The Space Shuttle Early Years, 1972-1986Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.3 × 6.4 × 1.2 inPublished:June 1, 2014Publisher:UNP - NebraskaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803226489

ISBN - 13:9780803226487

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1. The Feeling of Flying
2. In the Beginning
4. Getting Ready to Fly
5. First Flight
6. The Demonstration Flights
7. Open for Business
8. The Next Steps
9. Science on the Shuttle
10. Secret Missions
11. People and Payloads
12. The Golden Age
13. To Touch the Face of God

Editorial Reviews

“Although the shuttle program has now run its course, this wonderful book brings back the awe, the inspiration, the promise, and the sadness associated with the early history of those magnificent vehicles and the teams of ground and flight crews that flew them.”—Jerry L. Ross (Col., USAF, Ret.), NASA astronaut, STS-61B, -27, -37, -55, -74, -88, and -110, and author of Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer - Jerry L. Ross (Col., USAF, Ret.) - 20130920