by Chris Jones [629.442 Jon]
When space shuttle Columbia broke up over Texas on its return to Earth, the shuttle program was temporarily halted leaving three astronauts stranded on the International Space Station. This is the story of how they eventually got home. Told with wonder, and nearly poetically, the author also provides a fascinating background and history of the shuttle program, Mir, and the space station, as well as many of the early and current astronauts and scientists - both U.S. and Soviet. The author takes four pages to give a you-are-there feeling for what it's like to experience a take-off, minute-by-minute, second-by-countdown-second. The drama, danger, and lure of space is evident in this true story. -- recommended by Charlotte K. - Bennett Martin Public Library[ Review of the book at The Space Review ] [ Review of the book at The New York Times ]
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