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Into the Black
Author: Rowland White

ISBN: 9780593064375
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 2 May 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4 x 3.7
Description:
A spellbinding account of the first flight of the Space Shuttle, one of the great technological developments of the late 20th century.

On April 12, 1981 a revolutionary new spacecraft blasted off from Florida on her maiden flight. NASA's 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 world's first real spaceship.

On board were men with the Right Stuff. The Shuttle's 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 Shuttle's development for a decade. Never before had a crew been so well prepared for their mission.

Yet less than an hour after Young and Crippen's spec...

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