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Disaster Strikes! : The Most Dangerous Space Missions of All Time

By: Jeffrey Kluger

There are so many amazing, daring, and exciting missions to outer space that have succeeded. But for every success, there are mistakes, surprises, and flat-out failures that happen along the way. In this collection, bestselling author and award-winning journalist Jeffrey Kluger recounts twelve such disasters, telling the stories of the astronauts and the cosmonauts, the trials and the errors, the missions and the misses. With stories of missions run by both Americans and Russians during the height of the space race, complete with photos of the people and machines behind them, this book delves into the mishaps and the tragedies, small and large, that led humankind to the moon and beyond.

Author’s note. Glossary. Index. Black-and-white photographs.

ISBN: 9781984812759

JLG Release: Aug 2019


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language
Topics: Space vehicle accidents , History of manned space flight , Outer space , Space exploration , Astronauts , Cosmonauts , Orbit , Moon , Solar system , Space missions , National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) , Space disasters

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Kirkus Best Books - 2019

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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From the near-drowning of Gus Grissom and the loss of Liberty Bell 7’s Mercury capsule on splashdown in 1961, to the emergency termination of a spacewalk for Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano on the International Space Station in 2013, human space travel has always been a risky, sometimes deadly endeavor. Kluger outlines 12 such disasters, includi From the near-drowning of Gus Grissom and the loss of Liberty Bell 7’s Mercury capsule on splashdown in 1961, to the emergency termination of a spacewalk for Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano on the International Space Station in 2013, human space travel has always been a risky, sometimes deadly endeavor. Kluger outlines 12 such disasters, including the tragic cockpit fire that killed three Apollo 1 astronauts in 1967, the now infamous Apollo 13 mission, and several less well-remembered incidents. The chapters offer varying points of view: for example, the chapter about the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion takes the perspective of schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe’s students in New Hampshire and her family watching in horror from the viewing stand at Cape Canaveral. This makes the text versatile, efficiently functioning as a collection of short reads or a balanced, book-length narrative. Along the way, Kluger intertwines his narrative with fascinating details from history, in addition to the physics and health science of space travel. The author does not provide specific source notes or a bibliography, but in a closing author’s note, he credits the online Johnson Space Center History Office, a source of much of the recorded dialogue between astronauts and ground control, as well as the New York Times’ archive and a number of memoirs by astronauts. Always fascinating, at times unsettling, and highly recommended for elementary and middle school collections.

Book Details

ISBN

9781984812759

First Release

August 2019

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

363.12/41

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8"

Page Count

224

Accelerated Reader

Level 8; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 10.8; Points: 11;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Philomel

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language

Topics

Space vehicle accidents, History of manned space flight, Outer space, Space exploration, Astronauts, Cosmonauts, Orbit, Moon, Solar system, Space missions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Space disasters,

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