Bold They Rise: The Space Shuttle Early Years, 1972-1986 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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After the Apollo program put 12 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.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 15 minutes|
|Author||David Hitt, Heather R. Smith|
|Narrator||Gary L Willprecht|
|Audible.ca Release Date||February 07 2017|
|Publisher||University Press Audiobooks|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #109,090 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I would not recommend this book as the first Space Shuttle book a person should read because they might find it a little dry and uninteresting. But if you've read other Space Shuttle books and still want more then this is excellent addition to your library.
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It opens with chapters on the design and construction. These are very well done and I was surprised to learn that the thermal tiles used on the orbiter were related to tiles used on NASA's Saturn 1 booster. I've read a lot about these tiles and was surprised to find something new in this book, which is not based on engineering or the TPS itself.
These chapters are followed by the early test flights and then the early operational flights. The book again does a good job of painting the background stories to developing the shuttle, it's remote arm and other parts as an integrated working machine, and you feel immersed in the nuances of the program as it matures.
The program goes from strength to strength, but towards the end of the book you feel something new and different - risk. At first I did not understand why the writers covered missions that never launched, but after reading about plans for polar orbits or a liquid fueled booster in the payload bay, you get a good sense of the cannot-fail attitude that wrongly filled NASA at that time. They were not paying attention to the risks piling on top of other risks, and we all know that tragedy was just around the corner. The flight of 51-L is covered as well as can be, given that many entire books have been written on all aspects of this accident.
My overall thought - a very enjoyable history of the early shuttle program and great companion piece to Rick Houston's Wheels Stop, which together form a complete history of NASA's wonderful Space Shuttle.
“Bold They Rise” is a case in point.
First, it’s a volume in the University of Nebraska’s superb “Outward Odyssey: A People’s History of Spaceflight” series. Every volume in this series is a real gem. I consider some of them to be the best written to date on their particular topic. Second, to potential readers who might think everything that CAN be written about the early Space Shuttle flights has already been written—well, I say give “Bold They Rise” a try.
Authors David Hitt and Heather R. Smith provide a rare and valuable perspective on the Space Transportation System’s design, development, testing and operations between 1972 and 1986 by liberally mining the vast treasure trove of NASA oral history interviews archived at the Johnson Space Center. As such, they focus much more than most other Shuttle histories on the human elements of the program rather than the types of technical minutia that make space geeks salivate. As one of those aforementioned geeks, I initially thought I might find “Bold They Rise” less engaging than the usual engineering-oriented tomes that I eagerly devour. But I was wrong.
I didn’t do a word count, but I estimate about half of the text in “Bold They Rise” is italicized quotes from oral history transcripts, complete with occasional misstatements, errors and folksy language. Between the quotes, the authors insert their own comments and background data to put the quotes into their proper technical and historical contexts. The technique works like a charm. It gives the book a conversational, fast-paced narrative that should make it accessible to anyone interested in the subject.
I enjoyed “Bold They Rise” immensely,” and it is now part of my permanent spaceflight library. You should add it to yours as well.