NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today marks the twenty-eighth anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster, and the release of CHALLENGER: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY – The Inside Story from Launch Control (Open Road Media, $4.99, on sale January 28, 2014) by Hugh Harris, who was chief of public information for NASA's Kennedy Space Center at the time. Harris delivers a gripping insider account of the events around January 28, 1986, when the space shuttle Challenger broke apart seventy-three seconds after launch – a moment that left an indelible mark on the nation's psyche.
From his unique vantage point as "the Voice of NASA," Harris takes us from the preparations for Challenger's launch, through to lift-off (Harris delivered the iconic countdown on that day), to the terrible moment when the O-ring failed, and on to the aftermath and investigation. Harris goes beyond discussing just the technology of the accident, revealing the touching stories of the people that were involved.
CHALLENGER: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY not only demonstrates the importance of the shuttle program and NASA, but also the necessity of man's exploration of space. As Harris writes of the disaster, "It was a chilling reminder that it is safer to sit on the ground than fly into space. But that's not an option for the human race."
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To arrange an interview with Hugh Harris or for further information about the book, please contact Jack Palmer (Email; 212.462.7877).
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