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Bringing Columbia Home by Michael D. Leinbach
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it was amazing

This book completely holds your attention. The first person accounts of the residents of east Texas who witnessed the impact of shuttle debris, the reaction of NASA and launch personnel as they realize that something has gone horribly wrong, are all riveting.

The author was the launch director of thee shuttle program, so he writes from an expert and highly informed position. He details the searches for not only the parts of the shuttle, but, more importantly, the search for the remains of each astronaut on Columbia. The emotions of those involved in the search come across clearly and honestly. And this is what makes this book worth reading. The details of recovering the inanimate objects and the reconstruction of the shuttle are told without forgetting that this was a human activity, done mostly by people who knew the crew and considered them friends. Leinbach tells the story passionately, whether dealing with the managerial decisions he needed to make or with the emotions of the many people working on the recovery. This is a very well written book.

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Reading Progress

July 6, 2018 – Started Reading
July 6, 2018 – Shelved
July 9, 2018 – Finished Reading

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