THE SPACE STATIONA Personal Journey.
Hans Mark. Duke
University Press, Durham, NC, 1987.
288 pp $24.95
The Next Twenty-Five Years.
Thomas R. MoDonough. John Wiley & Sons,
New York, 1987. 228 pp. $17.95.
Meeting the Challenge of a New Era.
Harry L Shipman. Plenum Publishing
Corp., New York, 1987. 442 pp.
The Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy of 1986 and the rash of launch failures that followed it left the U.S. space program in a quagmire of uncertainty and recrimination. Although the soul-searching and reorganization convulsions seem to have bottomed out finally, the United States has a long rocky road to negotiate before it can regain its leading role in space exploration and development. These books offer three authors’ viewpoints on traversing that road, drawing on the past and the present as a guide to what will come next.
Hans Mark was an inside observer and...