I found “Bringing Columbia Home: The untold story of a lost space shuttle and her crew” at a used bookstore in Oregon this past fall, and was not expecting the emotional reactions that occurred with this quick but inspiring read.
This is undoubtably the definitive book on the search, recovery and reconstruction/investigation after Columbia disintegrated on reentry on Feb. 1, 2003. It was written by Michael D. Leinbach and Jonathan H. Ward and published in 2018. Leinbach was the last launch director for NASA’s shuttle program and played a pivotal role in the recovery and reconstruction after the disaster.
You’ll learn a ton of new information and get a number of examples of peoples’ humanity. The authors also have more information, resources and places to visit related to the accident and Columbia’s crew available here.
Also, every used book has a story of its own. This one in particular was originally part of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.