Into the Black: The Extraordinary Untold Story of the First Flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the Astronauts Who Flew Her (2020)

Into the Black The Extraordinary Untold Story of the First Flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the Astronauts Who Flew Her The real life techno thriller from a bestselling author and aviation expert that recaptures the historic moments leading up to the launch of the space shuttle Columbia and the exciting story of her da
  • Title: Into the Black: The Extraordinary Untold Story of the First Flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the Astronauts Who Flew Her
  • Author: Rowland White Richard Truly
  • ISBN: 9781501123627
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The real life techno thriller from a bestselling author and aviation expert that recaptures the historic moments leading up to the launch of the space shuttle Columbia and the exciting story of her daring maiden flight.Using interviews, NASA oral histories, and recently declassified material, Into the Black pieces together the dramatic untold story of the Columbia missionThe real life techno thriller from a bestselling author and aviation expert that recaptures the historic moments leading up to the launch of the space shuttle Columbia and the exciting story of her daring maiden flight.Using interviews, NASA oral histories, and recently declassified material, Into the Black pieces together the dramatic untold story of the Columbia mission and the brave people who dedicated themselves to help the United States succeed in the age of space exploration On April 12, 1981, NASA s Space Shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral It was the most advanced, state of the art flying machine ever built, challenging the minds and imagination of America s top engineers and pilots Columbia was 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.On board were moonwalker John Young and test pilot Bob Crippen Less than an hour after Young and Crippen s spectacular departure from the Cape, all was not well Tiles designed to protect the ship from the blowtorch burn of re entry were missing from the heat shield If the damage to Columbia was too great, the astronauts wouldn t be able to return safely to earth NASA turned to the National Reconnaissance Office, a spy agency hidden deep inside the Pentagon whose very existence was classified To help the ship, the NRO would attempt something never done before Success would require skill, perfect timing, and luck.Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, Into the Black is a thrilling race against time and the incredible true story of the first space shuttle mission that celebrates our passion for spaceflight.
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    1. This was a long, dry read heavy on detail, and even heavier on the technical specifications but still entirely fascinating I ve always been enthralled by the Space Shuttle program, having seen it rise and fall all within my lifetime, so I was excited to forget about the disasters for a moment and reexamine the triumphs that started it all.This is a book that explores the doubts, the fears, and the challenges of getting a new space program off the ground no pun intended Having been too young at [...]

    2. Easily, one of the best books I ve ever read Masterful writing of a true story that only reality could script, I was almost upset that I d come to the last page Now I want to be an astronaut.

    3. A true and thoroughly gripping account of the US space shuttle programme, written like a boys own adventure rolled into a spy novel, with the impact of a Hollywood action movie.Lifting the lid to give an insider s view on the characters, politics and secrecy surrounding one of the most intriguing elements of man s quest into space, this is a cracking piece of history well told, with pace, pathos and perception.The right stuff indeed.

    4. I m into this book for just two days, and I already want to review it s The Right Stuff on steroids Rowland White has done a superb job just like for his previous titles and, well every airplane space buffs MUST read this It s not a simple collection of data and charts but it s history alive You will find again heroes like Chuck Yeager, and find new ones, like John Young and Robert Crippen, Joe Engle and Mike Adams, ad so on Read it Please, it will be a truly great experience.

    5. Fantastic history story of how Columbia came to be and the details around the first flight If you re a space nut as I am, you ll love it.

    6. I was about a quarter of the way through this book when one of its central players, astronaut John Young, passed away Based on this book alone, I can say he had an amazing, rich life and was probably the most accomplished and capable astronaut This book is the story of the space shuttle Columbia the conception of the STS program, the political maneuvering between NASA, the Air Force, the intelligence community, and politicians, the frustrating design process, and the harrowing first flight There [...]

    7. I was a space shuttle kid I loved the space shuttle I would get up when it was still dark out, before everyone else in the house was up and watch every shuttle launch I could It simply was the most amazing thing I had ever seen I could not get enough and talked about it to the point my parents just would roll their eyes, said yes, a lot, and eventually go and play Then the big story, Challenger and a teacher in space Leading up to it I had every news story about it and even the cardboard cut out [...]

    8. There s no denying that Into The Black is one of the most comprehensive books about the first Space Shuttle flight, which makes it double unfortunate the book doesn t quite deliver on its promise From the title to the cover and the quotes from big names like Chris Hadfield, Into The Black appears to deliver a nailbiter about a Shuttle flight gone almost wrong as if it were akin to Apollo 13 In truth, the story just goes into very longwinded details about the intricacies of NASA and Air Force bur [...]

    9. This book is a detailed history of the first Shuttle flight and the events that led up to it The book has everything that I like to learn about SpaceNASANROBlue CubeKH 11 satellitesTesting and developing complex systemsAbout 15 years ago, I was able to tour the Blue Cube in Sunnyvale as a civilian They took us to the shuttle mission control section That was very cool, as it showed they could take over the mission from that small room After reading the book, it makes sense why that capability wa [...]

    10. A thrilling read about a great achievement This book covers the birth of the space shuttle program through the construction of Columbia and it s first flight There is a lot of history covered Focus is given to the many challenges that needed to be overcome The book wraps up with the end of Columbia It s a lengthy book So long that when I started it, I honestly thought it would cover the entirety of the shuttle program Yeah, I stopped reading the extremely long title after untold story There was [...]

    11. This book details the development of the Space Shuttle as well as provides a blow by blow account of its maiden flight that of shuttle Columbia s in 1981 White discusses in great detail concerns over missing tiles on Columbia s heat shield, and the effort to confirm the mission s safety While not as exciting as, say Apollo 13, it still makes for intersting story telling I really enjoyed White s discussion of the design decisions made on the shuttle AL vs TI for the airframe, turbopump issues, th [...]

    12. Based on interviews, oral histories, official records, and recently declassified documents, this is the story of the development, building, and launching of the space shuttle program in the United States Included is a massive amount of background information and fascinating in depth examination of dozens of the individuals who helped to develop the program, who worked together to build and test the original shuttle, and the astronauts who worked and trained in the hope that they would be chosen [...]

    13. From time to time I like to step into the world of space travel again and it always surprises me how easy it is to become completely caught up in it I really enjoyed the book what really shines out it the determination of the people involved they never gave up the dream and eventually they made it come true.

    14. Interesting history of the American space program leading up to the shuttle era Quite a bit of information I ve never read or heard about before There is A LOT of detail given about planes and spacecrafts, their missions, and trips these parts can be very dry, but the human aspects are worth it.

    15. This book is thoroughly researched and I learned several things about the history preceding STS 1 But unfortunately there are large sections of the book where each chapter follows the same structure This repetitive nature makes the book boring to read It s as if the chapters were written following a fill in the blank formula.

    16. The subject material is awesome, the amount of technical details is incredible HOWEVER, the biographies of each and every characters in the book are so detailed and long and detailed and long that you will spend so much time just juggling all these names and profiles and personal stories in your head before anything happens.

    17. When I bought this audiobook I misread the title and thought it was about the loss of Columbia, not her first flight I read it anyways and loved it As a child of the 90s, growing up I definitely took the Space Shuttles for granted.

    18. Excellent Well written and well organized book about how the STS was created This book cover most of the engineering sides of the space shuttle program A must have book for those who interested in space shuttle and it s history.

    19. the history of the shuttle program from before its inception till the first flights a brief mention of Challenger and Columbia disasters tucked in into the epilogue a bit light on the technical details, a bit too much of organizational politics some nice KH CIA NRO related titbits.

    20. What makes this book particularly interesting are the insights into the top secret, black programs that helped NASA during some tight spots in its history, and the background of some of the astronauts NASA took in from the Air Force s abandoned astronaut program.

    21. Very interesting history of first voyage of the Space Shuttle and the transition from Apollo and Skylab to the Shuttle program I learned a great deal and it was written in a very accessible way Highly recomended.

    22. what a goddamn boring book too technical maybe too specific with weird shit i ll never remember definitely not my cup of rocket fuel.

    23. Absolutely brilliant insight into the Shuttle programme, which I expected, but also into the history that led to it and the people that made it happen Up there with Failure Is Not An Option.

    24. If you have any technical background, you ll love this book Classic examples of how something really gets built and the storytelling is well done.

    25. Very long and very dry technical than I had hoped If you re a real space geek or very knowledgeable about flying this might be a better pick for you than me.

    26. Good, even great in parts, but over heavy on detail Particularly evident in the latter half, where it reduces what were really dramatic events into a bit of a slog.

    27. Superbly detailed story of the Space Shuttle programme, well researched and brilliantly written As someone who watched these events from afar in the 1980s 90s, I couldn t put it down

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