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Out of Orbit

The True Story of How Three Astronauts Found Themselves Hundreds of Miles Above the Earth With No Way Home

by (author) Chris Jones

House of Anansi Press Inc
Initial publish date
May 2008
Space Science, Science & Technology, Aeronautics & Astronautics
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In February 2003, American astronauts Donald Pettit and Kenneth Bowersox and Russian flight engineer Nikolai Budarin were on a routine fourteen-week mission maintaining the International Space Station. But then the space shuttle Columbia exploded far beneath them. With the launch program suspended indefinitely, these astronauts had suddenly lost their ride back to earth.

Out of Orbit chronicles the efforts of the beleaguered mission controls in Houston and Moscow as they worked frantically against the clock, ultimately settling on a plan that felt, at best, like a long shot. Latched to the side of the space station was a Russian-built Soyuz TMA-1 capsule, the rocket equivalent of a 1976 Gremlin. Despite the inherent danger, the Soyuz became the only hope to return Bowersox, Budarin, and Pettit home. Their harrowing journey back to earth is a powerful reminder that space travel remains an incredibly dangerous pursuit.

About the author


Chris Jones a travaillé à la fois comme graphiste et illustrateur. Ses illustrations ont été publiées dans des livres, des romans illustrés, des magazines et du matériel éducatif. Il est membre de la Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators pour laquelle il fait du bénévolat. Il habite à Toronto, en Ontario.


Chris Jones has worked as both a graphic designer and an illustrator. His illustrations appear in books, graphic novels, magazines, and educational materials. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.


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  • Short-listed, Ottawa Book Award

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