Challenger: A True Story of Heroism and Disaster on the Edge of Space (Compact Disc)

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Adam Higginbotham deconstructs the events leading up to the Challenger disaster. The space shuttle was supposed to make going to space a routine, like taking a plane from New York to London. From the very beginning, NASA and their engineers bit off way more than could chew. Flaws popped up, band aids were applied, and they moved onto new issues. But the band aids would wear off and cause more problems than NASA’s engineers knew how to handle. I couldn't put this story down - Higginbotham brilliantly digs out the story and gives us a step-by-step guide for how not to run a space program. 

— Jason Kennedy


From the New York Times bestselling author of Midnight in Chernobyl comes the definitive, dramatic, minute-by-minute story of the Challenger disaster based on fascinating new archival research and in-depth reporting--a riveting history that reads like a thriller.On January 28, 1986, just seventy-three seconds into flight, the space shuttle Challenger broke apart over the Atlantic Ocean, killing all seven people on board. Millions of Americans witnessed the tragic deaths of a crew including New Hampshire schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe. Like the assassination of JFK, the Challenger disaster is a defining moment in 20th century history--one that forever changed the way America thought of itself and its optimistic view of the future. Yet the full story of what happened, and why, has never been told. Until now. Based on extensive archival research and meticulous, original reporting, Challenger: An American Tragedy follows a handful of central protagonists--including each of the seven members of the doomed crew--through the years leading up to the accident, a detailed account of the tragedy itself, and into the investigation that followed. It's a compelling tale of optimism and promise undermined by political cynicism and cost-cutting in the interests of burnishing national prestige; of hubris and heroism; and of an investigation driven by leakers and whistleblowers determined to bring the truth to light. Throughout, there are the ominous warning signs of a tragedy to come, recognized but then ignored, and later hidden from the public. Higginbotham reveals the history of the shuttle program, the lives of men and women whose stories have been overshadowed by the disaster as well as the designers, engineers and test pilots who struggled against the odds to get the first shuttle into space. A masterful blend of riveting human drama and fascinating and absorbing science, Challenger brings to life a turning point in history--and the result is an even more complex and astonishing story than we remember.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781797179506
ISBN-10: 1797179500
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: May 14th, 2024
Language: English