On February 1, 2003, ten astronauts were orbiting the planet. Seven headed back to Earth on the space shuttle Columbia. They never made it. And the three men left behind found themselves too far from home.
Chris Jones chronicles the efforts of the beleaguered Mission Control in Houston and Moscow as they work frantically against the clock to bring their men safely back to Earth, ultimately settling on a plan that felt, at best, like a long shot. Yet even amid the danger, the call of space is a siren song, and Too Far From Home details beautifully the majesty and mystique of space travel, while reminding us all how perilous it is to soar beyond the sky.
An absorbing and wonderfully detailed account
His style is down-to-earth, yet he takes exhilarating leaps page after page. The narrative is lively and informed, striking a fine balance between "the epic and the everyday" in space exploration, from mundane issues such as weightless bowel movements to terrifying threats such as wounds from space-trash fragments that could end in a horrifying death
As good an account as you are likely to find of what it's like to commute to work a few hundred miles above the Earth... Chris Jones will have you on the edge of your seat