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Season 2007 Episode 0314

Too Far from Home

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Too Far from Home
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Award winning journalist, Chris Jones discusses Too Far from Home: A Story of Life and Death in Space, an incredible, true-life adventure set on the most dangerous frontier of all - outer space.In the nearly forty years since Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, space travel has come to be seen as a routine enterprise - at least until the shuttle "Columbia" disintegrated like the "Challenger" before it, reminding us, once again, that the dangers are all too real."Too Far from Home" vividly captures the hazardous realities of space travel. Every time an astronaut makes the trip into space, he faces the possibility of death from the slightest mechanical error or instance of bad luck: a cracked O-ring, an errant piece of space junk, an oxygen leak . . . There are a myriad of frighteningly probable events that would result in an astronaut's death. In fact, twenty-one people who have attempted the journey have been killed."Too Far from Home" chronicles the efforts of the beleaguered Mission Controls 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 - Books Inc.moreless
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