By Philip Chien
In ‘Columbia: ultimate Voyage’ aerospace author Philip Chien, who has over twenty years’ event protecting the U.S. house software, offers a special perception into the workforce contributors who misplaced their lives within the Columbia catastrophe. Chien interviewed all seven workforce participants numerous occasions and acquired to understand them as participants. He reports intimately their education, their clinical paintings and different actions in the course of their winning 16-day flight, the heritage of the twist of fate itself and an in depth first-hand account of what occurred that fateful day in February 2003. the writer presents a complete and private examine either the Columbia astronauts and the STS-107 challenge, including a behind-the-scenes account of different humans focused on the challenge and their own reactions to the accident.
Forward via Jonathan B. Clark, widower of Columbia astronaut Laurel Clark
Introduction via Apollo eleven astronaut Buzz Aldrin
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It’s a very small town, but we have these wonderful trails, miles of trails. ” McCool said that unlike many astronauts, who know they want to become astronauts from the time they were very young, he didn’t make the decision until later in life: “I can’t say that I had a lot of specific aspirations as a child. It wasn’t until I was at the Navy Test Pilot School, when I saw my classmates start to make applications to the astronaut program. ” Once NASA selected McCool, he moved his family to Houston, but they decided to keep their house in Anacortes.
You know how hard it is to take night shots. I turned the flash off and I’m freezing. I got four pictures of this and it just got thicker and thicker. And finally the Sun blossomed over the horizon, you get that orange ball coming up, coming up, coming up, and this blinding light so I had to come off. ” A video clip of McCool and Clark’s conversation is on this book’s website. McCool said during the mission, “There’s so much more than what I ever expected. It’s beyond imagination until you get up here and see it and experience it and feel it.
You had to love the guy. It was never about Rick, he was very unselfish. His priorities were his family and doing the right thing, and he had a very strong faith. ” Rick Husband—license to fly. 31 CHAPTER 3 W I L L I E M c C O O L: RUNNING MAN Navy pilot Willie McCool was selected as an astronaut in 1996 and assigned to STS-107 in October 2000. I’ll always remember Willie for his incredible optimism and outlook on life. Rookie astronauts have a motto—any spaceflight assignment is a good assignment, especially your first flight.