Leaving orbit : notes from the last days of American spaceflight
Dean, Margaret Lazarus, 1972- author.

Leaving orbit : notes from the last days of American spaceflight

Dean, Margaret Lazarus, 1972- author.


Physical Description
317 pages, 2 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm

Prologue: Air and space -- The beginnings of the future : this is Cape Canaveral -- What it felt like to walk on the Moon -- Good-bye, Discovery -- A brief history of the future -- Good-bye, Endeavour -- A brief history of spacefarers -- Good-bye, Atlantis -- The end of the future : wheel stop -- The future -- Epilogue -- Timeline of American spaceflight -- Judge's afterword / Robert Polito.

Leaving Orbit takes the measure of what American spaceflight has achieved while reckoning with its earlier witnesses, such as Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, and Oriana Fallaci. Along the way, Dean meets NASA workers, astronauts, and space fans, gathering possible answers to the question: What does it mean that a spacefaring nation won't be going to space anymore? An elegy to the waning days of human spaceflight as we have known it.

Corporate Subject
Space Shuttle Program (U.S.)
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Subject Term
Space shuttles -- Accidents.
Space flight.

Geographic Term
Outer space -- Exploration -- United States.

Added Author
Polito, Robert, 1951-


Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2015]

Material TypeShelf NumberBarcodeLibraryStatus
BookSCIENCES SPACE 629.4 DEAN32530608150551Main JCPLAdult Nonfiction Area