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Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program

Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program - Pat Duggins Pat Duggins is an NPR correspondent and does an excellent job of narrating this audiobook. However, since he is used to delivering short, information-dense radio pieces, the book seems like a flood. I found myself rewinding a few times to catch up.

The content is an excellent overview of NASA's shuttle program, filled with anecdotes and stories from the astronauts and other crew members themselves. There is an excellent discussion about the committee-driven design of the mission, and its bureaucratic over-management that makes me even more supportive of commercial space flight. The shuttle program did do some amazing things, but in the end was strangled by a the political yoke around its neck.

This is an entertaining read and good reference material. I am sure I will come back to it, and have been inspired to pick up Duggins's next book Trailblazing Mars: NASA's Next Giant Leap.