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Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-21-2002 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years
The Astronauts' Experiences in Their Own Words
Edited by Tony Reichhardt
An unprecedented look at the Space Shuttle experience from 250+ people who've flown on the shuttle.

Last year the editors of Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine wrote all 250-plus people who have flown on the space Shuttle since 1981 with a simple request: Tell us your best stories. The astronauts' unprecedented and candid responses reveal the drama of the Shuttle experience, from launch to landing, like no other book has to date.

More than 300 stunning pictures selected from deep in the NASA archives, most have never been published. Personal anecdotes drawn from written submissions or original interviews with nearly 100 Shuttle astronauts.

Historical section highlights in words and pictures the greatest accomplishments of the Shuttle's first two decades. Brief descriptions of all 103 flights from April 1981 to April 2001.

  • DK Publishing, Hardcover, 320 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0789484250

John K. Rochester
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posted 03-21-2002 08:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ah, another book to get autographs in... life is good!

tegwilym
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posted 03-22-2002 02:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice! I know what book I'll have to buy soon.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 03-21-2004 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm thinking of getting back into having a space website (if I can find the time - ho ho ho!) starting with scans of autographs from my copy of "Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years."

The question I have is: What signings of this book took place? I know Mullane offers signed copies on his website, The Space Mall was offering copies signed by Brandenstein and Hieb, there was one in Tennessee with Wang and Robert Gibson (but only Wang was able to make it, which is the copy I have), and there was the big one in Washington, D.C. with... (help me by filling in the names here.) Any other signed copies offered, either through a website or in public?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-21-2004 12:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hart Sastrowardoyo:
...and there was the big one in Washington, D.C. with... (help me by filling in the names here.)
The signing at the National Air and Space Museum included Roger Crouch, Rick Hauck, Tom Jones, Gary Payton, Pierre Thuot, Charlie Walker and editor Tony Reichhardt.

As to your first question, though it wasn't limited to the book only, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences was selling copies of "Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years" at their event with astronaut William Thornton.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 09-19-2004 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Because I had a day off today (imagine that!) just for fun I did a rough calculation on how far my copy of the book has travelled for signatures by mail, plane, train, bus, car and airport shuttle. I included my attempts to get Chang-Diaz and Brandenstein, even though I didn't get their signatures.

The total came to 11,209 miles, or slightly less than halfway around the world. And it hasn't left the United States!

I have 10 of the 77 contributors, 25 signatures total, representing 38 of the 103 flights up to STS-102, the last indexed in the book (not counting canceled or ALT flights.)

I hate for Robert or Bryan to figure out how far their books have travelled....

BMckay
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posted 09-20-2004 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just got mine back from Washington DC (Trinh, Grunfeld, Cleave, O'Connor, Readdy and Crouch). At least it didn't havet go too far from MA to Washington DC. I think it has been to DC twice, Florida, Houston (x4), CA, SC and probably afew other places that i can't remember. 97 astros in it. I wonder who the 100th will be.

Mike Dixon
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posted 10-24-2007 02:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've only perused this book in stores over recent years and never had the opportunity to spend more than brief moments thumbing through the pages...

I borrowed it from the local library yesterday and have to say I was stunned at the writing. The contributions were direct and portrayed that rarely seen side of the personalities of people assigned to anything other than routine roles and the manner in which they recalled events during the private moments of their flights.

It is an amazing collection of stories, complemented by the most extraordinary (and seldom seen) photographic records of a time that should be remembered for what it is just as fondly as any other period and any other program ...a brilliant read.

ASCAN1984
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posted 10-24-2007 05:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is a wonderful book. There is even a contribution by Rick Husband commander of STS-107. If I can remember correctly there is a member of this forum who once sold his copy of the book that he had signed by a great many of the contributors. I can't remember who it was but I was so jealous.

lm5eagle
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posted 10-24-2007 09:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lm5eagle   Click Here to Email lm5eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I happened to purchase one of two copies from the person referred to above.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-24-2007 03:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been casually trying to get all 75 living contributing astronauts to sign (Rick Husband and Kalpana Chawla also wrote entries) my copy, in part because I was enthralled by the stories they provided inside. It is truly a unique book, allowing the astronauts to share their experiences in such a way that they flow together to create a cohesive story.

ASCAN1984
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posted 09-06-2009 02:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just re-reading this book and almost at the end. Was just wondering, is there anything else like this for the shuttle era?

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posted 09-06-2009 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I try to get astronauts to autograph their essay page or a photo that may relate to them. With the "newer" astronauts, I enjoy them signing the front pages. I have made an "index" of where I would like astronauts to sign. And when they personalize or dedicate, so much the better.

Great stories and perspectives and a great autograph book.

GoesTo11
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posted 04-16-2011 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm currently weeding out/inventorying my book collection, and I came across a copy of this. I think, "That's an awesome book...with the Shuttle program about to end, maybe I should buy another copy as a keepsake and throw one out on the coffee table." I figure I can snag a "new" copy for US$20 or so, so why not?

Ahem. Amazon, Abe, Alibris, etc. all list maybe a dozen or so copies available, with "new" ones asking US$75 and up! I know this book is favorite of autograph collectors, but I find it hard to believe that the volume itself, a mass-market book produced by a major publisher in 2002, could already command these prices.

I generally believe that the market doesn't lie, but... really?

Editor's note: Threads merged.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 04-16-2011 05:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is it because it is out of print? B&N had this title in their clearance section a year or two ago.

Fezman92
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posted 04-16-2011 06:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can get a "Used - Very Good" copy on Amazon for $22.73+$4 shipping. I got mine at the Smithsonian in '05 for $20. Just because a book is "Used" does not mean it is in not new condition. I've gotten a few books ("Dragonfly, We Seven, the first edition, etc) for very low prices that were "Used" but they were in a brand new condition.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 05-28-2012 06:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For what it's worth, I found an error in the book. On page 256, which I got Mary Ellen Weber to sign since it mentions Kevin Kregel putting on her liquid cooling garment, Tom Henricks mentions the flight as being STS-78.

I was puzzled until I realized Kregel and Henricks did indeed fly STS-78, but Kregel, Henricks and Weber flew on STS-70.

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