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Stephen Clemmons
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posted 01-24-2007 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen Clemmons   Click Here to Email Stephen Clemmons     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received a copy of "Go For Launch: An Illustrated History of Cape Canaveral" by Joel Powell and Art Lebrun (cS member) and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Gives a good history lesson as well as some great shots of Cape Canaveral and the rockets of the early space program.

It sure brought back some great memories. I'm sure that's one book that will remain in my library. It gets a 10.

Thanks, Art and Joel for some good work.

art540
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posted 01-24-2007 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for art540   Click Here to Email art540     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve, thanks for your kind words. Joel and I both missed having a book like that when we sought out the rich history of images for the early days. We are both working on acquiring more photos of the early days.

Art LeBrun

hlbjr
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posted 01-28-2007 07:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hlbjr   Click Here to Email hlbjr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Absolutely concur. It is one of my all time favorites and is an indispensable information source in my library.

Paul78zephyr
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posted 06-27-2007 09:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul78zephyr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just got this book. There is no doubt that it is well written and probably contains the largest library of archival photos of Cape Canaveral ever assembled in one volume.

It's a wonderful book, and I learned a lot from it, however I was a bit perplexed by the omission of anything to do with the Saturn V or the space shuttle. Perhaps the authors did not intent to deal with anything having to do with KSC (?).

Perhaps had they included these the book would have to have been three times as big.

atlas5guy
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posted 07-03-2007 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for atlas5guy   Click Here to Email atlas5guy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paul, I'm glad you liked my Cape book. The reason I did not mention Saturn V's or the shuttle is that Cape Canaveral is a separate entity from Kennedy Space Center, one is an Air Force installation and one (KSC) is civilian (NASA) establishment.

There is a bureaucratic connection between the two: NASA uses USAF pads to launch satellites and space probes, as well as to use Air Force facilities (i.e. Hangar AF) for space shuttle booster processing.

You are right about the size of the book - it would have been twice the size if I had included KSC.

Regarding the separate histories of the two facilities, I have plans to do a similar book about KSC after I tackle the West Coast launch facility - Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Joel Powell

cspg
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posted 04-23-2010 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally published in 2006, the book comes out again as a second edition in June.

hlbjr
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posted 04-23-2010 12:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hlbjr   Click Here to Email hlbjr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll say it again: it's the best book about the Cape I've ever read. Must have for Cape history buffs. Can't wait for the KSC book. Thanks Joel (and Art).

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