Columbia Final Voyage

The Last Flight of Nasa’s First Space Shuttle

  • Philip Chien

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. A Modest Mission

    1. Pages 1-10
  3. Mission Makers

  4. The Long Road to Launch

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Pages 112-126
    3. Pages 127-135
    4. Pages 136-151
    5. Pages 167-180
    6. Pages 181-194
    7. Pages 195-214
    8. Pages 215-226
  5. Sixteen Days in Space

  6. February 1, 2003

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-311
    2. Pages 312-316
    3. Pages 317-324
    4. Pages 357-364
    5. Pages 365-370
  7. Aftermath

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 371-371
    2. Pages 372-382

About this book


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


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Authors and affiliations

  • Philip Chien
    • 1
  1. 1.Merritt Island

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