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Into the Black - The Extraordinary Untold Story of the First Flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the Men Who Flew Her-logo

Into the Black - The Extraordinary Untold Story of the First Flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the Men Who Flew Her

Rowland White

The real-life techno-thriller from a best-selling author and aviation expert that recaptures the historic moments leading up to the launch of the space shuttle Columbia and the exciting story of her daring maiden flight. Using interviews, NASA oral histories, and recently declassified material, Into the Black pieces together the dramatic untold story of the Columbia mission and the brave people who dedicated themselves to help the United States succeed in the age of space exploration. On April 12, 1981, NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral. It was the most advanced, state-of-the-art flying machine ever built, challenging the minds and imagination of America's top engineers and pilots. Columbia was the world's first real spaceship: a winged rocket plane, the size of an airliner and capable of flying to space and back before preparing to fly again. Onboard were moonwalker John Young and test pilot Bob Crippen. Less than an hour after Young and Crippen's spectacular departure from the Cape, all was not well. Tiles designed to protect the ship from the blowtorch burn of reentry were missing from the heat shield. If the damage to Columbia was too great, the astronauts wouldn't be able to return safely to Earth. NASA turned to the National Reconnaissance Office, a spy agency hidden deep inside the Pentagon whose very existence was classified. To help the ship, the NRO would attempt something never done before. Success would require skill, perfect timing, and luck. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, Into the Black is a thrilling race against time and the incredible true story of the first space shuttle mission that celebrates our passion for spaceflight.

The real-life techno-thriller from a best-selling author and aviation expert that recaptures the historic moments leading up to the launch of the space shuttle Columbia and the exciting story of her daring maiden flight. Using interviews, NASA oral histories, and recently declassified material, Into the Black pieces together the dramatic untold story of the Columbia mission and the brave people who dedicated themselves to help the United States succeed in the age of space exploration. On April 12, 1981, NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral. It was the most advanced, state-of-the-art flying machine ever built, challenging the minds and imagination of America's top engineers and pilots. Columbia was the world's first real spaceship: a winged rocket plane, the size of an airliner and capable of flying to space and back before preparing to fly again. Onboard were moonwalker John Young and test pilot Bob Crippen. Less than an hour after Young and Crippen's spectacular departure from the Cape, all was not well. Tiles designed to protect the ship from the blowtorch burn of reentry were missing from the heat shield. If the damage to Columbia was too great, the astronauts wouldn't be able to return safely to Earth. NASA turned to the National Reconnaissance Office, a spy agency hidden deep inside the Pentagon whose very existence was classified. To help the ship, the NRO would attempt something never done before. Success would require skill, perfect timing, and luck. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, Into the Black is a thrilling race against time and the incredible true story of the first space shuttle mission that celebrates our passion for spaceflight.
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The real-life techno-thriller from a best-selling author and aviation expert that recaptures the historic moments leading up to the launch of the space shuttle Columbia and the exciting story of her daring maiden flight. Using interviews, NASA oral histories, and recently declassified material, Into the Black pieces together the dramatic untold story of the Columbia mission and the brave people who dedicated themselves to help the United States succeed in the age of space exploration. On April 12, 1981, NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral. It was the most advanced, state-of-the-art flying machine ever built, challenging the minds and imagination of America's top engineers and pilots. Columbia was the world's first real spaceship: a winged rocket plane, the size of an airliner and capable of flying to space and back before preparing to fly again. Onboard were moonwalker John Young and test pilot Bob Crippen. Less than an hour after Young and Crippen's spectacular departure from the Cape, all was not well. Tiles designed to protect the ship from the blowtorch burn of reentry were missing from the heat shield. If the damage to Columbia was too great, the astronauts wouldn't be able to return safely to Earth. NASA turned to the National Reconnaissance Office, a spy agency hidden deep inside the Pentagon whose very existence was classified. To help the ship, the NRO would attempt something never done before. Success would require skill, perfect timing, and luck. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, Into the Black is a thrilling race against time and the incredible true story of the first space shuttle mission that celebrates our passion for spaceflight.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Eric Meyers

Length:

15h 52m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:34


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:49


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:46


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

10:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

14:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:05


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

16:56


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

14:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

12:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

17:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

19:46


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

12:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

11:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

28:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

14:20


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:45


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

27:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

17:09


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

18:13


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

12:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

22:26


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

16:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:26


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

10:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

17:35


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:50


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

22:53


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

12:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:24


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

17:35


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:58


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

10:36


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

21:33


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:48


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:44


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:53


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

20:21


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

14:51


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:55


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

12:42


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

16:41


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

14:20


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:44


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

12:49


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

11:32


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

13:40


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

15:51


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

13:54


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:01


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

12:00


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

12:39


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

12:46


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

11:01


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

20:18


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

13:46


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

15:37


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

12:56


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

10:23


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

21:26


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

00:42