"Bringing Columbia Home" Book Signing at the American Space Museum
The American Space Museum will host a book signing Saturday, May 29 with the authors of “Bringing Columbia Home,” writer Jonathan Ward and Space Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach.
“Mike and Jonathan are good friends of the museum and stand behind our efforts to preserve space history and inspire the next generation,” said Karan Conklin, Executive Director. “We haven’t had a public event in more than a year, due to the pandemic, and we are excited to be able to host this one.”
Mike Leinbach was NASA launch director for more than three dozen shuttle launches including the ill-fated STS-107, and he became the key leader in the search and recovery efforts after the Feb. 1, 2003 reentry breakup over Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. He retired in 2011 after the last Shuttle mission. Leinbach lives in Scotsmoor, Florida, north of Kennedy Space Center.
Teamed up together, Leinbach and Ward (the writer of two previous space-related books), have put together a powerful look at a shared national disaster and its legacy.
The 2018 “Bringing Columbia Home” features a foreword and epilogue by astronauts Robert Crippen and Eileen Collins. The book is an incredible narrative about the best of humanity in the darkest of times and about how a failure at the pinnacle of human achievement became a story of cooperation and hope.
Ward has worked with astronaut Eileen Collins on her autobiography, due for publication this year. Collins is the first woman to serve as shuttle pilot and then later command the spaceship. Ward has authored two heavily researched books, “Rocket Ranch” and “Countdown to a Moon Launch.” Ward is an executive coach at the Center for Creative Leadership, a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador and an amateur astronomer. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The book signing will begin at 10 am and continue until 2 pm, so make plans to get a book and photo with Mike and Jonathan. The museum will close at 4 pm, and CDC recommended pandemic protocols will be observed.