By Michael Cabbage
On February 1, 2003, the unthinkable occurred. the distance trip Columbia disintegrated 37 miles above Texas, seven courageous astronauts have been killed and America's house application, consistently an eyeblink from catastrophe, suffered its moment catastrophic in-flight failure. not like the Challenger catastrophe 17 years prior, Columbia's destruction left the kingdom one failure clear of the capability abandonment of human area exploration. Media assurance within the quick aftermath fascinated about the prospective explanation for the catastrophe, and at the nation's grief. however the complete human tale, and the surprising information of NASA's an important blunders, have by no means been informed -- formerly.
in response to dozens of particular interviews, never-before-published files and recordings of key conferences bought through the authors, Comm Check takes the reader contained in the convention rooms and workplaces the place NASA's top and brightest controlled the nation's multi-billion-dollar travel application -- and the place they didn't realize the indicators of an imminent catastrophe. it's the tale of an area application driven to the edge of failure by means of relentless political strain, shrinking budgets and unsuitable determination making. The self reliant research into the catastrophe exposed why Columbia broke aside within the sky above Texas. Comm Check brings that tale to existence with the human drama at the back of the tragedy.
Michael Cabbage and William Harwood, of America's most beneficial house reporters, are veterans of all yet a handful of NASA's 113 commute missions. Tapping a community of assets and bringing a mixed 3 many years of expertise to endure, the authors supply a unprecedented glimpse into NASA's internal circles, chronicling the agency's so much devastating failure and the demanding situations that face NASA because it struggles to come back the United States to space.