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Disaster Strikes!: The Most Dangerous Space Missions of All Time

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Twelve thrilling and terrifying space-mission failures, told by the bestselling author of Apollo 13!

There are so many amazing, daring, and exciting missions to outer space that have succeeded. But for every success, there are mistakes, surprises, and flat-out failures that happen along the way. In this collection, bestselling author and award-winning journalist Jeffrey Klu
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Philomel Books
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Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, history, mpl
This is a kids' book, but it was very interesting. I didn't know about several of these incidents - like the guy who almost drowned in space!
Laura Gardner
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This thrilling nonfiction read chronicles disasters and near-disasters of missions from the 1960s to the present. The book highlights the dangerous, challenging work of being an astronaut. Readers will be fascinated to learn about early missions that helped astronauts learn from experience, both the mistakes and successes; each mission added to their knowledge base, but sometimes at great cost. Some missions may be familiar, like the Challenger explosion, but others will likely be new informatio ...more
Really a series of short stories around the theme of disaster issues on space missions was fascinating and informative. Not negative, super tragic, or morbid, Kluger shares the straightforward information surrounding both the Russian and American space programs whether it be fires or explosions, spacewalks and disease.

It can be used as research about a specific mission or series of missions but if you're into space, a walk through the tragedies that did make space programs stronger. What was ap
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a well done children's non-fiction book by Jeffrey Kluger, who has written adult non-fiction books about the U.S. space program, especially the Apollo 13 & 8 missions. Each chapter focused on a specific space disaster. He tells them in chronological order from 1961 to 2013. Some of these are infamous like the Apollo 13 and space shuttle Challenger incidents, and those not so well known, especially involving the Soviet and Russian space program. Each chapter is short and digestible ma ...more
This nonfiction collection of twelve disasters in space was riveting and insightful. I really enjoyed the way the author used some humor and more entertaining ways of telling these stories and this would appeal more to younger readers or readers who do not normally read nonfiction. However, combined with the humor were strong and detailed facts that really made these missions come to life. I liked that it included American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts. I can’t wait to get a copy for my clas ...more
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Well written, easy to read, children's book about the hazards of space.
I'm a sucker for books about the space program, and I've enjoyed Jeffery Kluger's books, so this seemed like a slam dunk. It is well researched and written in a way to make it easy for kids to read and understand. Some of the stories could be very disturbing for children, but Mr. Kluger handles things in a sensitive way. I wouldn't have a problem handing this book to my seven year old or my 15 year old.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting book about space disasters. There are not many photos, but the book does contain a table of contents, glossary and an index. The sources aren't listed in a bibliography, rather mentioned that the book used sources that are publicly available. Other sources used were also listed in the author's note. Some chapters were adapted from the author's previous work.
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Shauna Yusko
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very informative.

Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great (though some sad) collection of stories about the troubles faced in space flight. Any fan of space travel should read this.
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Jeffrey Kluger is a senior writer for TIME. He joined TIME as a contributor in 1996, and was named a senior writer in 1998. He has written a number of cover stories, including reports on the connection between sex and health, the Mars Pathfinder landing, the loss of the shuttle Columbia, and the collision aboard the Mir space station.

In 2002, Mr. Kluger along with two other colleagues, won First P