Lost in Outer Space by Tod Olson

Lost in Outer Space by Tod Olson

Author:Tod Olson [Olson, Tod]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Published: 2016-02-15T05:00:00+00:00

Haise moves through the tunnel between the command module and the lunar module.

At Mission Control, the night had passed with no sleep for anyone. Ashtrays served as paperweights for printouts full of numbers. Coffeepots were drained and put back on their burners, filling the air with the smell of something scorched. When the sun came up, Gene Kranz was prowling the halls of the second floor, directing traffic, while John Aaron and the rest of the White Team figured out how to run the ship on a starvation diet. Glynn Lunney, still on duty as flight director, shepherded the spacecraft through the hours after the free-return burn. By the early hours of the morning, the other two flight directors and their teams had all arrived at work. They gathered in knots behind the consoles, checking numbers from the back rooms, scribbling notes on worn-out pads of paper, and debating the next big decision: how to get the ship home as quickly and safely as possible.

By 10:30 a.m., the flight directors had all agreed on the best option. During any other mission that would be enough: debate ended, decision made, no one else to answer to. On this mission, there was too much at stake for it to be that easy. This time, they would have to answer to the highest levels of NASA leadership.


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