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Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program Hardcover – Oct 1 2007

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  • Hardcover: 249 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1 edition (October 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081303146X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813031460
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 15.6 x 22.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #932,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After visiting the Kennedy Space Centre I wanted more information on the end of the Space shuttle program. This book walks the reader through why the program was never a total success and why NASA failed to deal with some internal issues that affected the program. A great read for anyone who looks to the stars and wonders about those who have ventured to space.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great book about the space shuttle program! Jan. 6 2008
By Timothy Hobson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Final Countdown is a great book about NASA's plans for the future of space travel and their intentions of ending the Space Shuttle program. This book explains how the Space Shuttle program evolved along with it's success and tragedies. Author Pat Duggins wrote this book in a way to where it is not only entertaining but educational as well. A nice addition to a space travel book collection!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
History and Future of the Shuttle & NASA April 23 2011
By cpt matt - Published on
Format: Paperback
You don't have to be a space junkie or nerd to enjoy this book. It's a great blend of the technical side of the Space Shuttle and the people behind the scenes making it happen. The history of how the Shuttle came about, the design choices, capabilities and limitations are all told here. The biggest challenge faced by NASA was finding a mission for the Shuttle that would capture the imagination & interest of Americans. In a twist of irony, the Shuttle's routine launches led to complacency with Americans. Indeed, as one Apollo astronaut observed, NASA was surprised when Apollo worked and Americans were surprised when the Shuttle did not.

Before the Apollo manned missions to moon ended, work began on designing a reusable space craft. This book does not attempt to cover every single mission, but does hit the special ones and of course, the tragedies of the Challenger and Columbia. Author Pat Duggins is not a scientist, but a news analyst for a public broadcast station in FL, so he can relay these stories in an easy, accessible way that is very enjoyable. He presents an honest appraisal of NASA, the problems and successes they've had over the years.

Final Countdown is more than just the history of the Shuttle. It is also about what happens next in the space program- perhaps more importantly, what is not happening now. Budget cuts are bad enough, but lack of a mission to generate public support is the real problem. I've always been interested in the Apollo Program; I was nine when we landed on the moon. This book catches the reader up on what happened in the 1980's and 90's, since many, like myself, did not pay attention. I'd recommend this to anyone who has interest in the Shuttle, NASA, and space exploration.
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Final Countdown Nov. 16 2010
By Roger D. Davis - Published on
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Good book by author whose news reports I had listened to and even recorded off the radio as I followed the shuttle program.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Less on the shuttle and more on Mars and the Moon Sept. 30 2009
By Avert Inc - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book appeared to me to be about the changes that will take place around Nasa once the shuttles are used cars. However it seemed to drift from that subject to more on what is to come at NASA, which is good, but not how the book was described.
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Final Countdown Nov. 21 2008
By A. McNally - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Final Countdown is a well written book that is an easy read. I enjoyed the personal stories from many current and former astronauts as well as some of the specifics of the Space Shuttle program without it being too technical.

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