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Twelve thrilling and terrifying space mission failures told by the bestselling author of Apollo 13There are so many amazing daring and exciting missions to outer space that have succeeded But for every success there are mistakes surprises and flat out failur. Episodic by nature this is a book for danger buffs or space buffs chronically the times the odds caught up with spacemen astronauts or cosmonauts It's well written building suspense in each chapter and giving the information to know what happened and why 1Q84 giving the information to know what happened and why

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Es that happen along the way In this collection bestselling author and award winning journalist Jeffrey Kluger recounts twelve such disasters telling the stories of the astronauts and the cosmonauts the trials and the errors the missions and the missesWith s. This is a kids' book but it was very interesting I didn't know about several of these incidents like the guy who almost drowned in space The Best Nest guy who almost drowned in space

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Tories of missions run by both Americans and Russians during the height of the space race complete with photos of the people and machines behind them this book delves into the mishaps and the tragedies small and large that led humankind to the moon and beyon. Really a series of short stories around the theme of disaster issues on space missions was fascinating and informative Not negative super tragic or morbid Kluger shares the straightforward information surrounding both the Russian and American space programs whether it be fires or explosions spacewalks and disease It can be used as research about a specific mission or series of missions but if you're into space a walk through the tragedies that did make space programs stronger What was appreciated was the understanding that when all is said and done we should still look to the stars to shoot for and that a Russian issue was an American issue and vice versa because everyone had the same dreams A fascinating peek behind the curtain and a moment of silence in understanding the work that all the men and women put into missions that were ultimately unsuccessful or possibly deadly


10 thoughts on “Disaster Strikes

  1. says:

    Episodic by nature this is a book for danger buffs or space buffs chronically the times the odds caught up with spacemen astronauts or cosmonauts It's well written building suspense in each chapter and giving the information to know what happened and why


  2. says:

    Kruger takes the reader on a rather fascinating journey through some of the major failures that the Space Race produced The pressure to succeed sometimes led to poor decisions being made Twelve disasters are presented in this book including missions developed by both the Americans and the Russians Some of these disasters I had heard of such as the loss of Apollo 1 and its three astronauts Apollo 13 and the Challenger explosion Other missions I was unfamiliar with such as the Apollo 12 mission involving a lightning strike the unlucky mission of Soyuz 1 Russian and the Italian astronaut who almost drowned in his spacesuit in 2013 Each chapter focuses on one mission and summarizes beautifully the events leading up to the mission The known causes of each disaster are included which helps make them understandable The book is well written and deals with an intriguing topic while pointing out the dangers of allowing politics and competition to force missions before they should have occurred A very engaging well written account of disasters that would ideally lead us to make better decisions now


  3. says:

    “Disaster Strikes” is a book about the most disastrous space missions of all time Since it is made up of many different stories if one bores you there is another few coming up next Although I doubt that any of these stories will be boring The way these stories are told is by going through the mission as time goes on This makes the story uite immersive This book doesn't go into much about stuff like orbital mechanics engine design and other rocket science stuff It is just the stories of these space missions The most interesting thing that I learned while reading this was that in just about every mission something will certainly go wrong If you want to learn about the mechanics of rocket engines I would recommend checking out “Ignition An Informal History of Liuid Rocket Propellants”


  4. says:

    This is a kids' book but it was very interesting I didn't know about several of these incidents like the guy who almost drowned in space


  5. says:

    Scrupulously researched and written in a very accessible way this book on space disasters is not only easy to read but fascinating I grew up during the Space Race though I was young and mostly unaware of what was going on with our space program I do remember watching on our old black and white TV several of the launches and being completely thrilledWhat I wasn't aware of was how many accidents occurred and even how deaths were caused by our race to the moon After the Apollo program ended I pretty much stopped paying attention until that fateful day in 1986 when the Challenger with a teacher on board blew up I wasn't watching the launch I was teaching that day and giving a test My classroom that year was an old portable which was cold that day so I had my students come in to the school building to take a test in the library As the students were hunched over their tests an announcement came over the intercom system about the explosion of the Challenger We all sat in stunned silence And then because there was nothing to be done about it from our angle we resumed taking the test That is one of the biggest regrets of my whole teaching career Those poor kids were stunned and grieving and I made them continue taking a test What a terrible decision on my partJeffrey Kluger is the science editor and senior writer for TIME magazine and he clearly knows how to write about complicated topics in a clear and interesting way He not only writes about the disaster and what happened from a technical angle but he includes what the astronauts were thinking and doing at the same time making the information very personal Often he included the astronauts last words like those of the crew of the Challenger letting us know that they were doing their jobs even in the face of disasterI learned so much too Before reading this book I knew about the Apollo 1 explosion and fire that killed all three on board I had watched the film on Apollo 13 about the near fatal problems aboard that vessel and the miraculous return to earth Of course I was aware of the Challenger and years later the Columbia's explosions which killed all seven astronauts on board But I knew nothing about all the problems with the Gemini program or those that the Russian space program experienced And I was only vaguely aware because I wasn't paying attention to near crises aboard the space stationI am tremendously glad that I read the book and hope that all secondary libraries get a copy of it and make their science teachers aware of it


  6. says:

    This thrilling nonfiction read chronicles disasters and near disasters of missions from the 1960s to the present The book highlights the dangerous challenging work of being an astronaut Readers will be fascinated to learn about early missions that helped astronauts learn from experience both the mistakes and successes; each mission added to their knowledge base but sometimes at great cost Some missions may be familiar like the Challenger explosion but others will likely be new information such as the difficult space walk of 1966 in which Gene Cernan's heart rate climbed to a nearly fatal 180 beats per minute In addition a few disasters were clearly due to government pressure to accelerate progress Some of the disasters are described are from US missions some are from Soviet missions and one is from the International Space Station Black and white photos are at the start of every chapter A glossary and index are includedThis is narrative nonfiction at its very best The writing is crisp and dramatic with direct uotes whenever possible Each disaster is analyzed to determine the reasons for the problem and how future space craft and flight plans corrected issues of the past This is a fascinating look at a dangerous profession and the difficult decision making reuired to survive


  7. says:

    Really a series of short stories around the theme of disaster issues on space missions was fascinating and informative Not negative super tragic or morbid Kluger shares the straightforward information surrounding both the Russian and American space programs whether it be fires or explosions spacewalks and disease It can be used as research about a specific mission or series of missions but if you're into space a walk through the tragedies that did make space programs stronger What was appreciated was the understanding that when all is said and done we should still look to the stars to shoot for and that a Russian issue was an American issue and vice versa because everyone had the same dreams A fascinating peek behind the curtain and a moment of silence in understanding the work that all the men and women put into missions that were ultimately unsuccessful or possibly deadly


  8. says:

    This is a well done children's non fiction book by Jeffrey Kluger who has written adult non fiction books about the US space program especially the Apollo 13 8 missions Each chapter focused on a specific space disaster He tells them in chronological order from 1961 to 2013 Some of these are infamous like the Apollo 13 and space shuttle Challenger incidents and those not so well known especially involving the Soviet and Russian space program Each chapter is short and digestible making it perfect for young readers late elementary and middle schoolers and Kluger doesn't talk down to his readers and provides a glossy at the back of the book which is helpful with the acronyms other space jargon In his author notes he cites his sources including some of the NASA websites that readers can access to get information


  9. says:

    So many things can go wrong in science and regarding space travel those accidents can so easily blow billions of dollars and multiple human lives in an instant Set in chronological order this book describes a dozen such accidents from minor flubs that were corrected by anxious astronauts averting potential disaster to outright horrors including Christa McAuliffe's ill fated flight on the Challenger which I actually remember watching unfold back in 9th grade The author does a great job bringing each event to life and also brings the knowledge of hindsight to explain what went wrong This book was totally fascinating for me


  10. says:

    This nonfiction collection of twelve disasters in space was riveting and insightful I really enjoyed the way the author used some humor and entertaining ways of telling these stories and this would appeal to younger readers or readers who do not normally read nonfiction However combined with the humor were strong and detailed facts that really made these missions come to life I liked that it included American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts I can’t wait to get a copy for my classroom and use this in my lessons