THE SPACE SHUTTLE DISASTER by James McCarter

THE SPACE SHUTTLE DISASTER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A brief look at the circumstances that led to Challenger's destruction and the subsequent investigations. This is part of the publisher's ""Great Disasters"" series, but readers who like all the details whenever the news is bad won't be satisfied by the superficial treatment. Instead of discussing shuttle recovery efforts in detail, or the social, economic and political effects of the disaster, the author pads the book with chapters on typical shuttle missions, space technology, and the next few decades in space. He does put in a good summary report of the Rogers Commission's findings. Words such as ""orbiter"" or ""prototype"" are printed in boldface and defined in a glossary, but readers who want to know about O-rings are on their own: ""The joint. . .is relatively simple--a protruding metal tang, or rod, slots into a clevis on the lower segment."" The color paintings and photos do brighten up the pages, but an unlabeled, false-color composite satellite photo of the US doesn't add much information, and a cutaway view of the shuttle is much simplified. Longer books, such as Stern's The U.S. Space Program After Challenger, cover the event, but younger browsers may be drawn by the look of this one.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1988
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Watts