|Title:||Dragonfly : NASA and the crisis aboard MIR|
|Publisher:||[S.l.] : HarperCollins Publishers, 1998|
|ISBN / ISSN / EAN :||887307833|
|Bibliography note:||Includes index|
|Subjects:||Astronautics and state--United States ; Mir (Space station)--Accidents ; Space vehicle accidents ; United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration|
In "Dragonfly", bestselling author Bryan Burrough tells for the first time the incredible true story of how a joint Russian-American crew narrowly survived almost every trauma an astronaut could imagine: fire, nail-biting spacewalks, and constant mechanical breakdowns, all climaxing in a dramatic midspace collision that left everyone on board scrambling for their lives.
Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with the cosmonauts, astronauts, Russian and American ground controllers, psychologists, and scientists involved, "Dragonfly" is the saga of a mission as fraught with political and bureaucratic intrigues as any Washington potboiler. Using never-before-released internal NASA memoranda, flight logs, and debriefings, Burrough vividly portrays an American space program in which many astronauts refuse to raise safety concerns for fear they will be frozen out of future missions. It offers an unprecedented look inside the rattletrap Russian space program, where the desperate thirst for hard currency leads to safety shortcuts and exhausted, puppetlike cosmonauts endure truly inhuman pressures from their unfeeling, all-powerful masters on the ground.
In "Dragonfly", for the first time, the American astronauts who journeyed to Mir speak out bluntly about the failings of the program, from the rigors of training at Russia's Star City military base to the slapdash experiments they were required to perform in space. Yet through it all the men and women of the Russian and American programs persevered, forging friendships that will serve them well as the two countries prepare for the first launches of the International Space Station in late 1998. Theirs is a classic story of a triumph over adversity, destined to be one of the most enduring and widely celebrated adventure stories of our time.
Copies in the Library (2)
|Barcode||Call number||Media type||Location||Section||Status|
|005793||TL867.B87 1998||Book||ISU Central Campus library||Closed-stack||Available|
|009774||TL867.B87 1998||Book||ISU Central Campus library||Closed-stack||Available|