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Title:
Leaving orbit : notes from the last days of American spaceflight
Author:
Dean, Margaret Lazarus, 1972- , author.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2015]

©2015
Physical Description:
317 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Summary:
Leaving Orbit takes the measure of what American spaceflight has achieved while reckoning with its earlier witnesses, such as Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, and Oriana Fallaci. Along the way, Dean meets NASA workers, astronauts, and space fans, gathering possible answers to the question: What does it mean that a spacefaring nation won't be going to space anymore? An elegy to the waning days of human spaceflight as we have known it.
Language:
English
Contents:
Prologue: Air and space -- The beginnings of the future : this is Cape Canaveral -- What it felt like to walk on the Moon -- Good-bye, Discovery -- A brief history of the future -- Good-bye, Endeavour -- A brief history of spacefarers -- Good-bye, Atlantis -- The end of the future : wheel stop -- The future -- Epilogue -- Timeline of American spaceflight -- Judge's afterword / Robert Polito.
ISBN:
9781555977092
Format :
Book