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posted 02-13-2013 01:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HiFi   Click Here to Email HiFi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a book that was prepared internally at NASA for von Braun's 50th birthday. This has been described as the " Holy Grail " of Dr von Braun related books as it was only given out to attendees at the party.

It is at least 9x12x3 inches and over 850 pages in length. It is in outstanding condition. No wear, no stains (any toning or washout in the pictures due to small camera in available mixed light). Has been kept in a box for decades.

Inside on the left is a full page picture of von Braun, while on the right is the title page:

Back side of title page has this:

There is a preface by Stuhlinger, Ordway, McCall and Bucher, which ends on this page:

Then a Prologue by James Webb.

Next is a table of contents. Sections include:

  • Systems and Operations
  • Spacecraft Design and Engineering
  • Propulsion
  • Guidance and Control
  • Instrumentation and Tracking
  • Engineering and Components
  • Physics and Biology

On the inside of the cover is a blue "NASA Headquarters Routing Slip" designating the receiving party by name and title with the remark "The attached Special Publication is forwarded for your information" Has a code and name for originator and date 6-27-62

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posted 02-14-2013 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HiFi   Click Here to Email HiFi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a very rare and special book, only given to actual attendees at Dr. von Braun's 50th birthday party. Boggs Space Books considers this to be one of the "Holy Grails" in space book collecting.

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