Space Exploration

Space Shuttle Challenger

Ten Journeys into the Unknown

Authors: Evans, Ben

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About this book

Ironically, the loss of Challenger in January 1986 fired my interest in space exploration more than any other single event. I was nine years old. My parents were, at the time, midway through moving house and, luckily, the TV was one of the few domestic items still to be packed. I watched the entire horror unfold live on all of the network stations. Admittedly, my fascination with rockets and astronauts, stars and planets had begun several years earlier, but Challenger's destruction turned it from an occasional hobby to a fascination which has remained with me ever since. In September 1988, aged 11,1 came home from school to watch STS-26 return the Shuttle fleet to orbital operations. Five years later, I gave a speech on the STS-51L disaster to my teacher as part of my GCSE English assessment. Another decade passed and, now a teacher myself, I returned to my school one cold Monday morning to explain to my pupils what had happened to Challenger's sister ship, Columbia, a few days earlier. In some ways, the loss of Columbia affected me more deeply than Challenger.

About the authors

Ben Evans was born in October 1976 in Solihull and attended the University of Birmingham, from where he gained a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology and later a teaching qualification. He has written extensively for SPACEFLIGHT, COUNTDOWN and ASTRONOMY NOW magazines since 1992 and has previously had two books published by Praxis. These were NASA'S VOYAGER MISSIONS (2003) and, most recently, SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA (2005). He researched and wrote both books whilst training and working as a history and English secondary school teacher. He is not a professional scientist, but merely a space enthusiast with an interest in writing.

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From the reviews:

"Space writer Evans details the ten missions of the space shuttle Challenger, including its last tragic flight. … He covers both the problems and the successes throughout the ten missions. This book is very readable and a good survey of the shuttle program in the 1980s … and thus would be suitable for the nontechnical student interested in the shuttle program. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates." (D. B. Mason, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (2), 2007)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Space Shuttle Challenger
Book Subtitle
Ten Journeys into the Unknown
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-49679-5
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-49679-5
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-46355-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 290
Number of Illustrations and Tables
60 b/w illustrations
Additional Information
Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK
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