In Leaving Orbit, Margaret Lazarus Dean grapples with what it means that
NASA’s space shuttle program has come to an end. Part memoir, part history
of spaceflight, Dean tracks her decision to attend the final launches of
the space shuttles, and each long drive from from Tennessee to Cape
Canaveral to see Discovery, Endeavor and Atlantis take their last flights.
Dean continually asks, “What does it mean that we went to space for fifty