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The Space Shuttle: An Experimental Flying Machine Foreword by Former Space Shuttle Commander Sid Gutierrez

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Lingua: Inglese


Pubblicazione: 05/2021
Edizione: 1st ed. 2021


This book explains how the achievements of the Space Shuttle, the world’s first reusable manned spacecraft, were built on the foundation of countless technical challenges.

Through thick and thin, the Space Shuttle remained the centerpiece of the American human spaceflight program for three decades. In addition to deploying satellites, planetary probes and, of course, the Hubble Space Telescope, it delivered astronauts to the Mir space station and assembled and sustained the International Space Station. Yet the path to these incredible achievements was never an easy one, with some obstacles resulting in the loss of life and other major consequences that plagued the fleet throughout its operational career.

The book adopts a challenge-by-challenge approach, focusing on specific difficulties and how (if at all) they were fully overcome. Going beyond the technical issues, it relates the human stories of each incident and how changes were effected in order to make the shuttle an exceptionally safer – though still experimental – flying machine.



List of Illustrations.- Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Chapter 1: A Butterfly and a Bullet.- Chapter 2: On the Ground.- Chapter 3: Blowing the Bolts.- Chapter 4: Riding the Main Engines.- Chapter 5: Big, Dumb Boosters.- Chapter 6: The External Tank.- Chapter 7: The Shuttle's Fragile Skin.- Chapter 8: The Short and the Long.- Chapter 9: Unexpected Failures.- Chapter 10: Sickness and Space Suits.- Chapter 11: Where to Land.- Index. 


Ben Evans has been involved with the topic of space exploration, especially human space exploration, since childhood. He regularly wrote to NASA, corresponded with astronauts and attended lectures and events. Since 1992, Evans has written extensively for the magazines Spaceflight, Countdown, Astronomy Now, Astronomy, All About Space and BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

Evans is currently the senior writer for the website AmericaSpace.com, where he covers space history, launches and International Space Station news. He has written nine previous books for the Springer-Praxis imprint, including NASA’s Voyager Missions (2003), Space Shuttle Columbia (2005), and Space Shuttle Challenger (2006). More recently, Evans wrote a six-volume History of Human Space Exploration, published between 2009 to 2014.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Collana: Springer Praxis Books
Dimensioni: 240 x 168 mm Ø 642 gr
Formato: Brossura
Illustration Notes:XI, 291 p. 102 illus., 99 illus. in color.
Pagine Arabe: 291
Pagine Romane: xi

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