Leaving orbit : notes from the last days of American spaceflight /Material type: BookDescription: 317 pages, 2 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9781555977092; 155597709X.Subject(s): Space Shuttle Program (U.S.) | United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration | USA National Aeronautics and Space Administration | Outer space -- Exploration -- United States | Space flight | Space shuttles -- Accidents | Space-shuttle | Quality or Trade Paperback | Technology & Industrial Arts | Aeronautics & Astronautics | Americas (North Central South West Indies) | Military -- AviationOnline resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-309).
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.
Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize.