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Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-30-2016 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bringing Columbia Home: The Final Mission of a Lost Space Shuttle and Her Crew
by Michael D. Leinbach and Jonathan H. Ward
A powerful look at a shared national disaster and its legacy.

Mike Leinbach was the launch director of the space shuttle program when Columbia disintegrated on reentry before a nation’s eyes on February 1, 2003. And it would be Mike Leinbach who would be a key leader in the search and recovery effort as NASA, FEMA, the FBI, the US Forest Service, and dozens more federal, state, and local agencies combed an area of rural east Texas the size of Rhode Island for every piece of the shuttle and her crew they could find. Assisted by hundreds of volunteers, it would become the largest ground search operation in US history.

For the first time, here is the definitive inside story of the Columbia disaster and recovery and the inspiring message it ultimately holds. In the aftermath of tragedy, people and communities came together to help bring home the remains of the crew and nearly 40 percent of shuttle, an effort that was instrumental in piecing together what happened so the shuttle program could return to flight and complete the International Space Station. Bringing Columbia Home shares the deeply personal stories that emerged as NASA employees looked for lost colleagues and searchers overcame immense physical, logistical, and emotional challenges and worked together to accomplish the impossible.

Featuring a foreword and epilogue by astronauts Robert Crippen and Eileen Collins, this is an incredible narrative about best of humanity in the darkest of times and about how a failure at the pinnacle of human achievement became a story of cooperation and hope.

  • Hardcover, 352 pages
  • Skyhorse Publishing (January 2, 2018)
  • ISBN 978-1-5107-2265-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628728514

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-30-2016 08:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The book also has its own website, Bringing Columbia Home, where Mike Leinbach and Jonathan Ward are sharing stories about the lost space shuttle and its crew. From Jonathan on Facebook:
Mike and I are going to tell the story of Columbia's recovery and reconstruction in "real time" next year, leading up to the publication of the book at the end of the year.

David C
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posted 12-30-2016 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks very interesting.

lspooz
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posted 12-30-2016 12:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm very excited about this book although it'll be a long year waiting for publication. I briefly met Mike Leinbach at my last visit to KSC this summer, an eloquent and personable man, and regret that my schedule precluded attending his Launch Director Tour.

Jonathan Ward's prior books were well done and the knowledge of this pair should yield some great stories about the recovery.

ea757grrl
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posted 12-30-2016 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's a difficult story but it very much needs to be told, and I'm glad to know it will be. Looking forward to reading this.

ColinBurgess
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posted 12-30-2016 06:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the privilege of reading through the extensive and beautifully-presented proposal for this book earlier this year when it was under serious consideration as a volume in the ongoing Outward Odyssey series. Unfortunately it went to another publisher, but if that submission and the detailed descriptions of how each chapter would unfold were anything to go by, this will be an amazing book recounting the loss of shuttle Columbia and the subsequent search for debris showered across huge tracts of land beneath the path of destruction.

It is a very intense and truly human story as told by someone very close to this tragic event who brings it to life through his words and those of his colleagues from that time, and in collaboration with his talented co-author Jonathan Ward. It will be worth the wait, I can assure you.

SpaceCadet1983
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posted 12-31-2016 12:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCadet1983   Click Here to Email SpaceCadet1983     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking forward to getting my hands on a copy!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-14-2017 08:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Mike Leinbach on the book's website:
I am pleased to report that Jonathan and I submitted the manuscript for "Bringing Columbia Home" to our editor yesterday.

We've been working on this book for nearly two years. In fact, it was two years ago today that we first met, at the funeral of our mutual friend, Norm Carlson...

ilbasso
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posted 09-06-2017 09:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bringing Columbia Home is just about to go into production. We've reviewed the final proofs. Official release date is January 2, 2018, but Mike Leinbach and I hope to have signed copies available from our website available in time for the holidays.

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Jonathan Ward
http://www.bringingcolumbiahome.com

capoetc
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I attended the presentation given by Mike Leinbach and Jonathan Ward at the recent ASF Space Rendezvous. The presentation was given in a "Huntley-Brinkley Report" back-and-forth manner, which was compellingly effective.

I presume future presentations will be given in a similar manner, and I highly recommend attending one if you can. I think their book will be well worth the wait.

lspooz
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I was also fortunate to attend their presentation at the Astronaut Rendezvous, and really look forward to the book — they balanced emotional vignettes with well-researched details, and having the perfect audience stirred up some good questions about the recovery efforts. Several people there have suggested it would make a superb movie.

The cover design is finalized, and their website reports shipping date Feb. 1, 2018.

Reportedly both authors plan several appearances:

  • Jan. 14, 2018, Dallas TX: Presentation at the George W. Bush Presidential Center

  • NASA Day of Remembrance 2018: Attending DOR at Kennedy Space Center

  • Feb. 1, 2018, Hemphill, TX: Jonathan Ward will visit Hemphill but no details if presenting

  • Early February 2018: Presentation at Johnson Space Center

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