The Story of the Space Shuttle

David M. Harland

The Story of the Space ShuttleThe US Space Shuttle, which entered service in 1981, was conceived as a reusable spacecraft providing cheap access to low Earth orbit, and to supersede expendable launch vehicles. In spite of the Challenger and Columbia disasters, it is arguably the most successful spacecraft ever developed.

The Story of the Space Shuttle explains the scientific contribution that it has made to the international space programme, focusing on the Shuttle’s utility rather than its development. Each chapter is devoted to a specific type of operation, and the missions are discussed in this context. Missions to Mir, Hubble and, more recently, the Shuttle’s role in the assembly of the International Space Station are described, as are the the activities leading to the resumption of operations following the loss of Columbia. The book concludes with a look at possible future concepts for a partly or totally reusably space vehicle to replace the Shuttle.

With The Story of the Space Shuttle, David Harland provides the definitive work about this amazing project.

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Extent: 480 pages
Binding: Paperback
Publication Date: May 2004
ISBN: 978-1-85233-793-3



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