The Book Is Going to Press December 8!

This is just a quick note to let everyone know that “Bringing Columbia Home” is going to press tomorrow!

Mike and I began collaborating on this book in April 2015. On one hand, it feels like ages since we started this project. On the other hand, the time has flown by. We’ve met so many amazing folks along the way and heard so many incredible stories about how Columbia touched people’s lives. I can’t express enough how profoundly rewarding it has been to help bring the story of Columbia’s heroes to the attention of the broader public.

Our publisher tells us that the book will be shipped to stores in late December. Despite the official release date of January 23, the book should start appearing on shelves in early January.

Please be sure to check the Upcoming Events page of this website, where Mike and I will maintain our schedule of talks, book signings, and other public appearances.

Thank you again for your interest and support along the way — and stay tuned!

Author: Jonathan Ward

Jonathan Ward is an author of books on the history of American manned spaceflight. He also serves as an adjunct executive coach at the Center for Creative Leadership.

4 thoughts on “The Book Is Going to Press December 8!”

  1. I can’t wait. I have already pre-ordered the book. Right now I am reading Scott Kelly’s book on his year on the ISS. His book made me realize that although I want to go in to space, I wouldn’t want to stay up there more than a week, due to microgravity and other effects to the human body. Also based on what Mr. Kelly wrote, I do not think it is practical to go to Mars without having a centrifugal part of the spacecraft simulating 1G where the astronauts can spend most of their journey in. Why hasn’t NASA attempted to build such a module for the ISS? Despite the progress we have made in space flight, we are far, far behind where the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey “predicted” we’d be. I have video recordings of the first 14 space shuttle launches from broadcast TV (I didn’t get cable in my area until late 1986) and after the “highly” successful flight of STS-1, Isaac Asimov stated on ABC’s Good Morning America that by the year 2000, there would be 10,000 humans working in space. We certainly have a long, long way to go.

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    1. You raise a lot of good questions for which there are no easy answers! Just my $0.02 on this, but from what I understand, building an artificial gravity environment has a lot of challenges. There’s conflicting data, but I’ve seen studies that suggest that people will get nauseous from such a setup unless it has a very large radius (much bigger than what could be accommodated on the ISS). You can feel this for yourself in one of those spinning carnival rides that plasters you against the wall from centripetal force. If you keep your gaze pointed straight toward the center of the cylinder, it’s okay. But I’ve experienced that even momentarily turning my head to one side or another is enough to make me feel really, really bad. You’re right–we have a long way to go and a lot to learn.

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  2. Jonathan or Mike (if he’s reading this!)

    If I go on the Launch Director tour, would Mike entertain signing the book for me? Somehow I’d have to meet up with you too Jonathan to get it signed by BOTH of you!

    Thanks,

    Mike

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    1. Hi Mike, Mike will definitely be signing books at the conclusion of his LD tours! The tours end at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, and Delaware North will be stocking the books in the gift shop there. We’ll have to figure out a way for you to get my signature on there, but we can make it happen!

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