|About the Book|
In Hail Columbia 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. He also reviews in detail 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. Chien interviewed all seven crew members several times and got to know them as individuals.