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Michael Leinbach

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Mike Leinbach was the final Shuttle Launch Director at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) , Florida. He was responsible for overall Shuttle launch countdown policy, planning, and execution activities in the last eleven years of the program.

Mike joined NASA in 1984 and quickly ascended through the engineering and leadership ranks, becoming Launch Director in August 2000. He led the Launch Team for all Shuttle missions from then to the end of the program in 2011, serving as the person to give the final "Go!" for launch.

Mike led KSC's forces in the initial Columbia...

Steven Stoll

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Steven Stoll is Professor of History at Fordham University and the author of five books. He writes about the United States, the Atlantic World, political economy, and environmental history. His writing has appeared in Harper's Magazine, Orion, and the New Haven Review.