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Matthew A. Bentley Rock River WY, USA

ISBN: 978-0-387-76509-9 e-ISBN: 978-0-387-76510-5

DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-76510-5

Library of Congress Control Number: 2008939140

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This book is dedicated to the international crews of the world's first two operational spaceplanes, Columbia and Challenger, who bravely gave their lives in the quest for new knowledge.

Challenger

Francis R. Scobee Michael J. Smith Ellison S. Onizuka Ronald E. McNair Judith A. Resnik S. Christa McAuliffe Gregory B. Jarvis

Columbia

Richard D. Husband William C. McCool Michael P. Anderson Ilan Ramon Kalpana Chawla David M. Brown Laurel Clark

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