Too Far From Home: A Story of Life and Death in Space

Too Far From Home: A Story of Life and Death in Space

Chris Jones


An marvelous, true-life experience set at the most deadly frontier of all—outer spaceIn the approximately 40 years on the grounds that Neil Armstrong walked at the moon, area shuttle has end up noticeable as a regimen enterprise—at least until eventually the trip Columbia disintegrated just like the Challenger earlier than it, reminding us, once more, that the risks are all too real.
Too faraway from domestic vividly captures the damaging realities of area go back and forth. at any time when an astronaut makes the journey into house, he faces the potential for loss of life from the slightest mechanical blunders or example of undesirable good fortune: a cracked O-ring, an errant piece of house junk, an oxygen leak . . . There are a myriad of frighteningly possible occasions that might bring about an astronaut’s demise. in truth, twenty-one those that have tried the adventure were killed.
Yet for a unique breed of person, the decision of house is definitely worth the danger. males similar to U.S. astronauts Donald Pettit and Kenneth Bowersox, and Russian flight engineer Nikolai Budarin, who in November 2002 left on what used to be to be a regimen fourteen-week venture conserving the foreign area Station.
But then, on February 1, 2003, the Columbia exploded underneath them. regardless of the various information studies interpreting the tragedy, the general public remained principally unaware that 3 males remained orbiting the earth. With the release software suspended indefinitely, those astronauts had all at once misplaced their trip home.
Too faraway from Home chronicles the efforts of the beleaguered undertaking Controls in Houston and Moscow as they paintings frantically opposed to the clock to carry their males correctly again to Earth, finally picking a plan that felt, at most sensible, like an extended shot.
Latched to the aspect of the gap station was once a Russian-built Soyuz TMA-1 tablet, whose expertise dated from the overdue Sixties (in 1971 a malfunction within the Soyuz 11 tablet left 3 Russian astronauts dead.) regardless of the inherent probability, the Soyuz grew to become the single wish to come Bowersox, Budarin, and Pettit domestic.
Chris Jones writes superbly of the majesty and mystique of house shuttle, whereas reminding us all how perilous it's to jump past the sky.

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