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Offline Chris Bergin

Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« on: 12/19/2005 07:17 PM »
Want to start a thread on Ben Evans' new book "Columbia: Her Missions and Crew" - as I'm expecting people to be interested in this publication.

Ben, as you may know, has written several fantastic features for this site - and if you think they're great, how about a book full about our much-loved and dearly missed flagship Columbia.

I'm sure Ben will also be happy to answer any questions about his book, but for now here's the link to further details and the publisher's site where you can make a purchase. (We're not taking a cut from the sales - this is the actual publisher's site and we're happy to help.)

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RE: Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« Reply #1 on: 12/19/2005 08:12 PM »
I'll be taking one of these for sure.

The title suggests you've talked to some of the crews and engineers of Columbia. Care to name a few, as I might know others interested in this book past the obvious people like myself.

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RE: Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« Reply #2 on: 12/19/2005 08:54 PM »
From your features here I know this will be a good book. Don't know if anyone can answer this, but how much is shipping and what's the price in US dollars?
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RE: Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« Reply #3 on: 12/19/2005 09:42 PM »
Works out as about 30 bucks. Not sure on the shipping, so I'll ask.

Ben's feature articles on this site are as follows:

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/content/?id=3544 - The Enterprise is set.

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/content/?id=3649 - STS-51L - The ultimate field trip

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/content/?id=3943 - Flights of the 'Death Star'

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/content/?id=4151 - STS-62A: The Polar Express


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RE: Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« Reply #4 on: 12/19/2005 10:42 PM »
just went on the Christmas list...

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RE: Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« Reply #5 on: 12/19/2005 11:19 PM »
Flightstar,

I spoke to quite a few astronauts during the writing of the book, the most poignant of whom was Rick Husband, who I interviewed over the phone from his JSC office in April 2001. Actually, the original interview was published in the October 2001 issue of the BIS magazine SPACEFLIGHT. I found him to be an incredibly warm, genuine and outgoing individual who took time from his busy schedule to answer my many questions - I, personally, was hit particularly hard by the Columbia disaster and Husband's death and my decision to write a book about it was the direct result. You don't often see me cry, but I did on February 1st 2003...

Also managed to interview Gordon Fullerton, Vance Brand and Joe Allen, all of whom divulged many fascinating anecdotal stories that I'd never heard before. Fullerton was (and still is) one of NASA's most awesome pilots and his attention to detail really came across as he described his early work on the Shuttle software during the ALT and build-up to STS-1. Vance Brand, also, was great to talk to and shared with me his own feelings about deactivating the ejection seats and moving from pressure suits to flight coveralls. Joe Allen's memories of chasing orange juice spheres around Columbia's middeck were amusing too.
 



 


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RE: Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« Reply #6 on: 12/20/2005 12:44 AM »
I had no idea you'd spoken with Rick, but be sure you weren't the only person that cried that afternoon.

On a lighter note, Joe Allen rings a bell. Was he on that mission where they decided to un-stow one of the crew from a mid deck locker. I remember seeing that on a post mission conference. The media were in stitches.

Anyone seen that? It seemed like totally fun mission. I'll try and find the VHS tape, but I believe they deployed three satelittes, threw M&Ms around and did some fun zero gravity military type parading. Was one of the earlier missions.

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RE: Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« Reply #7 on: 12/20/2005 06:27 AM »
Someone feel like buying a copy for a kiwi who's credit card is full up ? :D

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RE: Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« Reply #8 on: 12/20/2005 01:58 PM »
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Chris Bergin - 20/12/2005  1:44 AM

On a lighter note, Joe Allen rings a bell. Was he on that mission where they decided to un-stow one of the crew from a mid deck locker. I remember seeing that on a post mission conference. The media were in stitches.

Anyone seen that? It seemed like totally fun mission. I'll try and find the VHS tape, but I believe they deployed three satelittes, threw M&Ms around and did some fun zero gravity military type parading. Was one of the earlier missions.

Thanks to Philip: "It was STS-51A and Dale Gardner "unstowed" Joe Allen."

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RE: Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« Reply #9 on: 12/21/2005 12:09 PM »
How many pages is it, and is it hardback?

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RE: Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« Reply #10 on: 12/21/2005 01:21 PM »
Softback, 500 pages

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RE: Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« Reply #11 on: 12/21/2005 03:22 PM »
500? Time to bug the misses into outlaying some her cash on this. I earn it, she owns it. You all know the deal with that :( ;)

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RE: Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« Reply #12 on: 12/21/2005 11:18 PM »
Thanks for the info on this book.  Looking forward to reading it.

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RE: Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« Reply #13 on: 12/21/2005 11:47 PM »
Depends on my allowance, but I'll buy one in the near future.

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RE: Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« Reply #14 on: 12/27/2005 05:45 PM »
Bought. Thanks to Christmas money. I look forward to reading it Ben.

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RE: Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« Reply #15 on: 03/26/2006 02:15 AM »
How have sales been on this book Ben?

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RE: Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« Reply #16 on: 03/26/2006 11:38 AM »
Haven't a clue. The publisher has done an initial print run of a few thousand worldwide. However, my personal count so far stands at:

* Me
* My parents
* My grandparents
* My parents-in-law
* My grandparents-in-law

Five? Plus however many others haven't yet returned theirs for a refund...?

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RE: Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« Reply #17 on: 03/26/2006 09:08 PM »
I'm still to get a copy for myself. I've tried to get one through work, but apparently we don't get stuff from that publisher. Will have to go with the credit card on Amazon at some point.

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RE: Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« Reply #18 on: 03/26/2006 10:57 PM »
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Haven't a clue. The publisher has done an initial print run of a few thousand worldwide. However, my personal count so far stands at:

* Me
* My parents
* My grandparents
* My parents-in-law
* My grandparents-in-law

Five? Plus however many others haven't yet returned theirs for a refund...?

You certainly won't find me sending mine back for a refund.  A well researched book with a beautifully written tribute at the end.  I 'm looking forward to reading the book on Challenger when it's published.

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RE: Columbia: Her Missions and Crew
« Reply #19 on: 03/27/2006 02:02 AM »
Add me to that list too. Yet to start reading it, but looks great on the flick through.

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