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Space Shuttle ManualNASA Space Shuttle Manual: An Insight into the Design, Construction and Operation of the NASA Space Shuttle by David Baker (April 2011)

Designed between 1969 and 1972 and first flown into space in 1981, the NASA Shuttle will have flown almost 140 missions by the time it is retired in 2011. David Baker describes the origin of the reusable launch vehicle concept during the 1960s, its evolution into a viable flying machine in the early 1970s, and its subsequent design, engineering, construction, and operation. The Shuttle’s internal layout and systems are explained, including the operation of life support, electrical-power production, cooling, propulsion, flight control, communications, landing and avionics systems.

shuttle_discoveryVoyages of Discovery: The Missions of the Space Shuttle Discovery by Robert A. Adamcik (February 2011)

This is the first book to cover specifically the history of the space shuttle Discovery, the most storied orbiter in the fleet. The book is  written with a minimum of technical jargon and puts the reader on Discovery’s flight deck during some of the most important missions of the Space Shuttle era from satellite retrieval, to deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope, to construction of the International Space Station, and the Return to Flight after two tragic losses. You will gain knowledge on the history of the Space Shuttle program in general and the shuttle Discovery in particular.

Servicing the Hubble Space TelescopeServicing the Hubble Space Telescope: Shuttle Atlantis – 2009 by Dennis R. Jenkins (Author), Jorge R. Frank (Author) (September 2009)
Few NASA announcements stirred as much public controversy as when NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe canceled the fifth Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission. On January 16, 2004, the outcry from the scientific community and general public was surprising, coming less than a year after Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated on re-entry. Fortunately, things changed. After further evaluation, the agency authorized the last servicing mission to Hubble. The STS-125 mission returned the space shuttle to the Hubble Space Telescope for one last visit before the shuttle fleet retires in 2010. Over 12 days and five spacewalks, the crew of Space Shuttle Atlantis made repairs and upgrades to the telescope, leaving it in better shape than ever and ready for another five years or more of research.

Truth, Lies, and O-Rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger DisasterTruth, Lies, and O-Rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster (Hardcover) by Allan J McDonald (Author), James R. Hansen (Author) (April 2009)

On a cold January morning in 1986, NASA launched the Space Shuttle Challenger, despite warnings against doing so by many individuals, including Allan McDonald. The fiery destruction of Challenger on live television moments after launch remains an indelible image in the nation’s collective memory. Allan McDonald, a skilled engineer and executive, relives the tragedy from where he stood at Launch Control Center. As he fought to draw attention to the real reasons behind the disaster, he was the only one targeted for retribution by both NASA and his employer, Morton Thiokol, Inc., makers of the shuttle’s solid rocket boosters. In this whistle-blowing yet rigorous and fair-minded book, McDonald, with the assistance of internationally distinguished aerospace historian James R. Hansen, addresses all of the factors that led to the accident, some of which were never included in NASA’s “Failure Team” report submitted to the Presidential Commission. The book is the first look at the Challenger tragedy and its aftermath from someone who was on the inside, recognized the potential disaster and tried to prevent it. It also addresses the early warnings of very severe debris issues from the first two post-Challenger flights, which ultimately resulted in the loss of Columbia some fifteen years later. What they didn’t want you to know.

Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program by Pat Duggins (October 2007)
Many Americans’ only memories of their country’s excursions into space are of the space shuttle program, inaugurated with the launch of Columbia in 1981. Twenty-two years later, Columbia’s disintegration over the Southwest played a major role in the decision to end the program. NPR journalist Duggins reviews the 25-year saga of the shuttle missions, some of which have been shrouded in mystery, as astronauts took secret military payloads into space; others received worldwide attention and acclaim, as when the Hubble Space Telescope was restored to 20–20 vision.,,,

The Story of the Space Shuttle by David M. Harland (June 2004)
In spite of the Challenger and Columbia disasters, the US Space Shuttle, which entered service in 1981, remains the most successful spacecraft ever developed. Conceived and designed as a reusable spacecraft to provide cheap access to low Earth orbit, and to supersede expendable launch vehicles, serving as the National Space Transportation System, it now coexists with a new range of commercial rockets. David Harland’s definitive work on the Space Shuttle explains the scientific contribution the Space Shuttle has made to the international space programme, detailing missions to Mir, Hubble and more recently its role in the assembly of the International Space Station.,,,,

Comm Check… : The Final Flight of Shuttle Columbia by Michael Cabbage, William Harwood (January 2004)
On February 1, 2003, the unthinkable happened. The space shuttle Columbia disintegrated 37 miles above Texas, seven brave astronauts were killed and America’s space program, always an eyeblink from disaster, suffered its second catastrophic in-flight failure. Unlike the Challenger disaster 17 years earlier, Columbia’s destruction left the nation one failure away from the potential abandonment of human space exploration. Media coverage in the immediate aftermath focused on the possible cause of the disaster, and on the nation’s grief. But the full human story, and the shocking details of NASA’s crucial mistakes, have never been told — until now.,,
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Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years — The Astronauts’ Experiences in Their Own Words
by Tony Reichhardt (Editor)
Columbia: The First Space Shuttle by Heather Feldman
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Columbia: First Flight of the Space Shuttle by Michael D. Cole

High Calling : The Courageous Life and Faith of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband by Evelyn Husband, Donna Vanliere (January 2004)

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Space Shuttle: The History of the National Space Transportation System: The First 100 Missions
by Dennis R. Jenkins

Development of the Space Shuttle, 1972-1981 (History of the Space Shuttle, Volume 2)
by T. A. Heppenheimer – Click here for vol 1. – Click here for vol 1.

Space Shuttle Sts 1 – 5: The Nasa Mission Reports (Nasa Mission Reports)
by Robert Godwin

Flying Without Wings: Nasa Lifting Bodies and the Birth of the Space Shuttle
by Milton O. Thompson, Curtis Peebles