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The world's first real spaceship

book cover image: Into the black

On 12 April 1981 a revolutionary new spacecraft blasted off from Florida on her maiden flight.  NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia was the most advanced flying machine ever built, a winged rocket plane the size of a commercial airliner, capable of flying to space - and back.  She was the world's first real spaceship.  Three times Sunday Times top ten best sellers author Rowland White has now written Into the Black which pieces together the dramatic untold story of the mission.  This previously untold story includes the need to contact the National Reconnaissance Office, a classified, secret spy agency hidden deep inside the Pentagon to help save the shuttle.  This is a real-life thriller and a gripping high-stakes Cold-War story.   Stranger than fiction and a fascinating read.