Final Countdown

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-01
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
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Go behind the scenes of NASA's most visible program "NPR journalist Duggins reviews the 25-year saga of the shuttle missions, some of which have been shrouded in mystery, as astronauts took secret military payloads into space; others received worldwide attention and acclaim, as when the Hubble Space Telescope was restored to 2020 vision. . . . A worthy addition to the recent torrent of books about the American space program."--Publishers Weekly "A story of lost dreams, new hopes, and the ongoing conquest of space."--Spaceflight "Provides a very personal look at America's manned space program from a veteran reporter who has covered the shuttle's ups and downs for more than 20 years."--Bill Harwood, CBS News "A refreshingly candid look at the U.S. space program at this crucial juncture. Duggins's enthusiasm for space flight enhances his ability to explore tough questions about NASA's ability to plan for its next giant leap."--David Brancaccio, Host of "NOW" on PBS "Artfully merges excellent reporting with great writing to chronicle the highs and lows of the Space Shuttle program, along with rare astronaut anecdotes about what it's really like to fly to space and back."-Craig Covault, senior editor,Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine InFinal Countdown,Pat Duggins chronicles the milestones, the setbacks, the breakthroughs, and the breakdowns of the Space Shuttle program. His unfiltered perspective is that of a journalist, but his passion, evident on every page, is that of a space enthusiast who grew up just south of Kennedy Space Center.

Author Biography

Pat Duggins, National Public Radio's resident "space expert," is senior news analyst at public radio station WMFE-FM in Orlando.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Prologuep. ix
Introduction to the Paperback Editonp. xii
The Futurep. 1
New Spaceship, New Astronautsp. 26
1981: The Path to STS-1p. 39
1982-1985: The Curse of Being Routinep. 60
1986: "Don't Call Unless It Blows Up"p. 74
The Investigationp. 81
1988-1992: Back on the Horsep. 96
1993: The Road to Mirp. 112
1998: ISS, the Shotgun Marriagep. 144
Columbiap. 163
The Aftermathp. 180
Back on the Horse, Againp. 197
The Moon, Maybe, but Mars?p. 212
Epiloguep. 223
Notesp. 231
Suggested Readingp. 241
Indexp. 243
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