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ColinBurgess
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posted 08-20-2005 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've just found out that a new and detailed book on the last flight of Columbia and her crew will be published by Springer Books in November. It's called "Hail Columbia: The Last Voyage of NASA's First Space Shuttle" by spaceflight journalist Philip Chien. There were a couple of books dashed off soon after the disaster, but hopefully this one will present a balanced and thoroughly researched narrative. I don't know Philip at all, but it's a book I'll look forward to reading, if the early reviews are promising.

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posted 08-22-2005 12:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for D-Day   Click Here to Email D-Day     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chien is a character. You might ask around a bit...

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posted 08-22-2005 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Colin-

Phil is a character but does do his homework. While Bill Harwood and Mike Cabbage wrote their book last year, it was well done. I hope Phil helps fill in details just like each of the Apollo astronauts books helps tell the entire story of the lunar landing program.

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posted 08-24-2005 09:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for D-Day   Click Here to Email D-Day     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Like I said, "character." You might ask around. Context is useful.

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While I cannot comment on Chiens book, I would highly recommend Cabbage's and Harwoods book: "Comm Check". By far heads and shoulders above others. Plus theyre both seriously nice guys and much more in tune with space happenings than other reporters. Including an "icon" of today.

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posted 08-24-2005 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for D-Day   Click Here to Email D-Day     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, I would second the recommendation for "Comm Check." I have not read the entire thing, but the parts on the CAIB investigation are accurate. At one point Admiral Gehman mentions how some of the board members and staff were at a bar and started discussing "CAIB, The Motion Picture," the epic story of the massive investigation. They started listing who would play what roles and writing down names of actors on a scrap of paper. I still have that piece of paper...

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posted 08-24-2005 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Though I would second Dwayne's "character" warning (speaking as someone who once hired Chien), it should be noted that his book is not focused on the accident, so a comparison between "Comm Check" and "Hail Columbia" might be a disservice to both. I read "Comm Check" and can second (third?) the endorsement; I haven't read "Hail Columbia" and unless glowing reviews inspire a change of heart or a copy falls in my lap, probably won't get around to doing so any time soon.

Chien's book, at least according to his own website, centers on the crew and the mission of STS-107 before the accident - including a detailed look at every science experiment on-board.

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