Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011

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University of Nebraska Press
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6.38 X 9.32 X 1.42 inches | 1.78 pounds

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About the Author

Rick Houston, a full-time journalist for more than twenty years, is the author of Second to None: The History of the NASCAR Busch Series and Man on a Mission: The David Hilmers Story and a contributor to Footprints in the Dust: The Epic Voyages of Apollo, 1969-1975 (Nebraska, 2010). Jerry Ross, a former astronaut, shares the world record for the most spaceflights flown with seven to his credit. He is the author of Spacewalker.


[An] enthusiastic portrayal of the heroic age of American space travel.--Publishers Weekly -- "Publishers Weekly"
Houston focuses on themes and makes extensive (and effective) use of oral histories provided by astronauts and others.--J. Z. Kiss, CHOICE--J. Z. Kiss "CHOICE" (6/1/2014 12:00:00 AM)
Houston preserves the candid reflections of some who wrote the shuttle's story aloft, and their exultations and confessions are reason enough to fly with them until wheels stop.--Air and Space--J. Z. Kiss "Air and Space" (6/1/2014 12:00:00 AM)

"When we talk about the Space Shuttle, we talk about the people. Author Rick Houston's work here takes it a step further. He reaches to the heart and soul of the people."--Milt Heflin, former lead Space Shuttle flight director and chief of the flight director office--Milt Heflin "Air and Space" (3/5/2013 12:00:00 AM)

"With the Space Shuttle program now at an end, documenting the amazing thirty-year career of these iconic orbiters holds an untold amount of historical importance. Spaceflight isn't easy, people pay in blood and sweat to make it happen. Author Rick Houston lends a voice to some of the key people involved in what is not only an American treasure but a global superstar."--Chris Bergin, managing editor, NASASpaceflight.com--Chris Bergin "Air and Space" (3/5/2013 12:00:00 AM)

"Rick Houston skillfully recounts the shuttle program from a front row center seat, full of engaging, first person accounts--direct from the flight deck and the vacuum of space during some of the program's wildest spacewalks. From triumph to tragedy and back again, this book is the next best thing to being there."--Dr. Scott Parazynski, five-time shuttle astronaut and Everest mountaineer--Dr. Scott Parazynski "Air and Space" (4/2/2013 12:00:00 AM)