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Neues Buch: "Into the Black" von Rowland White
« am: 09. April 2016, 14:51:12 »
Kennt dieses Buch schon jemand?

Titel: Into the Black - The Extraordinary Untold Story of the First Flight of the Space Shuttle and the Men Who Flew Her
Autor: Rowland White
Erschienen im März 2016 bei Bantam Press in englischer Sprache
Umfang: 464 Seiten
ISBN: 978-0593064368

Das Buch erzählt die Geschichte von STS-1, der ersten Mission des Space Shuttle Columbia, mit Fokus auf die Schäden am Hitzeschild, die nach dem Start festgestellt wurden und dem Wettlauf gegen die Zeit, deren Ausmass festzustellen. Dabei musste die NASA unter anderem das NRO um Hilfe bitten, dessen Existenz damals noch streng geheim war.

Da ich den Autor, bzw. einige seiner Bücher schon kenne (u.a. Vulcan 607) habe ich das Buch gestern bedenkenlos bestellt. Die Bücher von White haben mich bisher immer überzeugt durch spannend erzählte Geschichten aufgrund von gründlichen Recherchen.
Da er in diesem Buch über einen Aspekt der Geschichte von STS-1 berichtet, der bisher wenig oder gar nicht bekannt war, bin ich schon sehr gespannt.

Von der Website des Autors:

On 12th April 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 spectacular departure from the Cape it was clear that all was not well.  Tiles designed to protect Columbia from the blowtorch burn of re-entry were missing from the heatshield.  If the damage to their ship was too great the astronauts would be unable to return safely to earth. But neither they nor mission control possessed any way of knowing.

Instead, NASA turned to the National Reconnaissance Office, a spy agency hidden deep inside the Pentagon whose very existence was classified.  To help, the NRO would attempt something that had never been done before.  Success would require skill, pinpoint timing and luck …

Drawing on brand new interviews with astronauts and engineers, archive material and newly declassified documents, Rowland White, bestselling author of Vulcan 607, has pieced together the dramatic untold story of the mission for the first time.  Into the Black is a thrilling race against time; a gripping high stakes cold-war story, and a celebration of a beyond the state-of-the-art machine that, hailed as one of the seven new wonders of the world, rekindled our passion for spaceflight.

With a foreword by Astronaut Richard Truly