Wings in Orbit Hardcover Autographed by Michael Coats
Wings in Orbit
Scientific and Engineering Legacies of the Space Shuttle
“The Space Shuttle is an engineering marvel perhaps only exceeded by the station itself. The shuttle was based on the technology of the 1960s and early 1970s. It had to overcome significant challenges to make it reusable. Perhaps the greatest challenges were the main engines and the Thermal Protection System. The program has seen terrible tragedy in its 3 decades of operation, yet it has also seen marvelous success. One of the most notable successes in the Hubble Space Telescope, a program that would have been a failure without the shuttle’s capability to rendezvous, capture, repair, as well as upgrade. Now Hubble is a shining example of success admired by people around the world.”
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Signed by former astronaut and center director, Michael Coats.
Selected as an astronaut candidate in January 1978, Coats became a NASA astronaut in August 1979. He was a member of the STS-4 astronaut support crew, and was a capsule communicator for STS-4 and STS-5. From May 1989 to March 1990, he served as Acting Chief of the Astronaut Office. He was the pilot on STS 41-D (Aug. 30 to Sep. 5, 1984). In February 1985, he was selected as spacecraft commander on STS 61-H, which was canceled after the Challenger accident. He was the spacecraft commander on STS-29 (March 13-18, 1989) and STS-39 (Apr. 28 to May 6, 1991). A veteran of three space flights, Coats has logged more than 463 hours in space. Coats retired from the U.S. Navy and the Astronaut Office in August, 1991 and joined the corporate arena.
Coats was Johnson Space Center director from November 2005-December 2012. In 2012, Coats was honored with the National Space Trophy by the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) Foundation established by the Space Center Rotary Club of Houston. The trophy is presented each year to the U.S. citizen, who, as judged by his or her peers, has made the most significant contribution to the U.S. Space Program. Coats also has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame, been awarded the FAI Gold Space Medal and three Distinguished Flying Crosses, in addition to a number of other honors.