Book Bringing Columbia Home

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  • Voted the Best Space Book of 2018 by the Space Hipsters
  • The dramatic inside story of the epic search and recovery operation after the Columbia space shuttle disaster.
  • On February 1, 2003, Columbia disintegrated on reentry before the nation’s eyes, and all seven astronauts aboard were lost. Author Mike Leinbach, Launch Director of the space shuttle program at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center, was a key leader in the search and recovery effort as NASA, FEMA, the FBI, the US Forest Service, and dozens more federal, state, and local agencies combed an area of rural east Texas the size of Rhode Island for every piece of the shuttle and her crew they could find. Assisted by hundreds of volunteers, it would become the largest ground search operation in US history. This comprehensive account is told in four parts: Parallel Confusion; Courage, Compassion, and Commitment; Picking Up the Pieces; and A Bittersweet Victory.