Jeffrey Kluger: Disaster Strikes



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 ditor 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 One Con Glory even in the face of disasterI learned so much too Before reading this book I knew about the Apollo 1xplosion 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 Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows earth Of course I was aware of the Challenger and years later the Columbia sxplosions 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 The Great Orange Leonard Scandal (Tall Tales Series; 4) 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 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 orxplosions 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 Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, 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 So many things can go wrong in science and regarding space travel those accidents can soasily 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 A Fairly Honourable Defeat eachvent to life and also brings the knowledge of hindsight to xplain what went wrong This book was totally fascinating for 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.

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 xplosion 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 Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue events leading up to the mission The known causes ofach 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 The Man Without a Face engaging well written account of disasters that would ideally lead us to make better decisions now 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 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 aboutarly missions that helped astronauts learn from Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give...) experience both the mistakes and successesach mission added to their knowledge base but sometimes at great cost Some missions may be familiar like the Challenger Gone (Gone, 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 ofvery 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 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 Threads Of The Shroud 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 knownspecially involving the Soviet and Russian space program Eac. Twelve thrilling and terrifying space mission failures told by the bestselling author of Apollo 13There are so many amazing daring and All Seated on the Ground exciting missions to outer space that have succeeded But forvery success there are mistakes surprises and flat out failur.

H chapter is short and digestible making it perfect for young readers late Untitled. 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 This nonfiction collection of twelve disasters in space was riveting and insightful I reallynjoyed the way the author used some humor and ntertaining 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 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 ach chapter and giving the information to know what happened and why 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 Against All Odds 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 aboutvery mission something will certainly go wrong If you want to learn about the mechanics of rocket Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage engines I would recommend checking out Ignition An Informal History of Liuid Rocket Propellants Scrupulously researched and written in a very accessible way this book on space disasters is not onlyasy 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 The DOS even how deaths were caused by our race to the moon After the Apollo programnded 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 Against All Odds explosion of the Challenger We all sat in stunned silence And then because there was nothing to be done about it. 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 therrors the missions and the missesWith

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Jeffrey Kluger is a senior writer for TIME He joined TIME as a contributor in 1996 and was named a senior writer in 1998 He has written a number of cover stories including reports on the connection between sex and health the Mars Pathfinder landing the loss of the shuttle Columbia and the collision aboard the Mir space stationIn 2002 Mr Kluger along with two other colleagues won First P