Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Book Review - Bold They Rise: The Space Shuttle Early Years, 1972-1986
About the Book
After the Apollo program put twelve men on the moon and safely brought them home, anything seemed possible. In this spirit, the team at NASA set about developing the Space Shuttle, arguably the most complex piece of machinery ever created. The world’s first reusable spacecraft, it launched like a rocket, landed like a glider, and carried out complicated missions in between.
Bold They Rise tells the story of the Space Shuttle through the personal experiences of the astronauts, engineers, and scientists who made it happen—in space and on the ground, from the days of research and design through the heroic accomplishments of the program to the tragic last minutes of the Challenger disaster. In the participants’ own voices, we learn what so few are privy to: what it was like to create a new form of spacecraft, to risk one’s life testing that craft, to float freely in the vacuum of space as a one-man satellite, to witness a friend’s death. A “guided tour” of the shuttle—in historical, scientific, and personal terms—this book provides a fascinating, richly informed, and deeply personal view of a feat without parallel in the human story.
My Take on the Book
I had read the book Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011 and reviewed it in the past too (http://dadofdivas-reviews.blogspot.com/2013/11/book-review-wheels-stop-tragedies-and.html). Seeing that the first book that I read was great I was interested to read more in the earlier years of the shuttle. While the Challenger Disaster was something that was truly seared into my memory, I also remember the shuttle in earlier years too. This book goes into so much depth. I learned so much, especially about the design and construction of the shuttle. I was completely unaware of all of the people, past astronauts and more that were involved in this design process, and it really opened my eyes. As someone who grew up wanting to be an astronaut, this book is the next best things and really brings you behind the scenes and gives you a first hand glimpse at everything that went into shuttle program!
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