ISBN 9780593064375,Into the Black

Into the Black

Author:

Rowland White

Publisher:

Transworld Books

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ISBN 9780593064375
Publisher

Transworld Books

Publication Year 2016
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780593064375

ISBN-10 0593064372
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 364 Pages
Language (English)
On 12th April 1981 a revolutionary new spacecraft blasted off from Florida on her maiden flight. NASAs Space Shuttle Columbia was the most advanced flying machine ever built the high watermark of post-war aviation development. A direct descendant of the record-breaking X-planes the likes of which Chuck Yeager had tested in the skies over the Mojave Desert, Columbia was a winged rocket plane, the size of an airliner, capable of flying to space and back before being made ready to fly again. She was the worlds first real spaceship.

On board were men with the Right Stuff. The Shuttles Commander, moonwalker John Young, was already a veteran of five spaceflights. Alongside him, Pilot Bob Crippen was making his first, but Crip, taken in by the space agency after the cancellation of a top secret military space station programme in 1969, had worked on the Shuttles development for a decade. Never before had a crew been so well prepared for their mission.

Yet less than an hour after Young and Crippens spectacular departure from the Cape it was clear that all was not well. Tiles designed to protect Columbia from the blowtorch burn of re-entry were missing from the heatshield. If the damage to their ship was too great the astronauts would be unable to return safely to earth. But neither they nor mission control possessed any way of knowing. 

Instead, NASA turned to the National Reconnaissance Office, a spy agency hidden deep inside the Pentagon whose very existence was classified. To help, the NRO would attempt something that had never been done before. Success would require skill, pinpoint timing and luck 

Drawing on brand new interviews with astronauts and engineers, archive material and newly declassified documents, Rowland White, bestselling author of Vulcan 607, has pieced together the dramatic untold story of the mission for the first time. Into the Black is a thrilling race against time; a gripping high stakes cold-war story, and a celebration of a beyond the state-of-the-art machine that, hailed as one of the seven new wonders of the world, rekindled our passion for spaceflight.

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