In ‘Columbia: Final Voyage’ aerospace writer Philip Chien, who has over 20 years’ experience covering the US space program, provides a unique insight into the crew members who lost their lives in the Columbia disaster. Chien interviewed all seven crew members several times and got to know them as individuals. He reviews in detail their training, their scientific work and other activities during their successful 16-day flight, the background of the accident itself and a detailed first-hand account of what happened that fateful day in February 2003. The author provides a comprehensive and personal look at both the Columbia astronauts and the STS-107 mission, together with a behind-the-scenes account of other people involved in the mission and their personal reactions to the accident.
Forward by Jonathan B. Clark, widower of Columbia astronaut Laurel Clark
Introduction by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin
An intimate first-hand look at the Columbia astronauts and the STS-107 missionAuthor Philip Chien interviewed all seven members of the STS-107 Columbia crew multiple times and got to know them as peopleHe was one of a rare handful of reporters who actually followed the day-to-day activities during the mission, and the first reporter at the landing site to realize something had gone drastically wrongCombines a personal look at both the Columbia astronauts and their mission with a behind-the-scenes account of others involved in the mission and their personal reactions to the accident