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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-04-2008 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
New from NASA's History Office:

U.S. Human Spaceflight: A Record of Achievement, 1961-2006 (Monograph in Aerospace History No. 41) was compiled by Judith A. Rumerman and updated by Chris Gamble and Gabriel Okolski. This handy and richly illustrated reference work is an updating of the similarly titled Monograph 9 that was published in 1998.

Interested readers may obtain a free copy of this monograph by sending a self-addressed, stamped 9x12" envelope ($2.84 domestic first-class postage for 13 ounces) to the NASA Information Center, NASA HQ, Washington, DC 20546 or by coming in person to the NASA History Division in room CO72 of NASA Headquarters. NASA expects to post a pdf version of this monograph to their website by next month.

cspg
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posted 02-29-2008 09:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Available for download from NASA's history website under the "what's new" section.

Chris.

GoesTo11
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posted 02-29-2008 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the heads-up, Chris. That looks like quite a handy little reference.

Kevin

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-29-2008 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They gave out copies of this to the media at the STS-122 launch. I can confirm what Kevin writes, it is a handy reference and one that I have kept by my desk since receiving it.

cspg
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posted 03-01-2008 12:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks guys!

I'm glad you find it useful.

Chris.

randy
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posted 03-08-2008 06:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got my copy today. Very nice! Thanks for the heads up.

Randy

MCroft04
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posted 03-23-2008 07:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Although I downloaded the digital version, I also requested a hard copy from NASA and recieved it via snail mail yesterday. Only took about 10 days and well worth the effort and $2.84 postage; a very nice publication with pictures (although B&W except for the front cover). Especially good for the plethora of shuttle missions.

Apollo-Soyuz
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posted 03-23-2008 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think we as space enthusisats should thank NASA for making these monographs available for only postage costs.

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tedc
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posted 03-23-2008 09:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tedc   Click Here to Email tedc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Agree John, this is a great recap document and a great resource for mission info.

Ted

MCroft04
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posted 04-02-2008 07:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The photo and caption on page 99 confuses me. It refers to a photo of the earth rising over the lunar surface as "one of the most famous images returned from the space program, although even the astronauts themsleves cannot remember who actually took the picture". This sounds like the famous Apollo 8 photo, but the photo on page 99 is actually from Apollo 11 (AS11-44-6552), and the caption refers to it as such. Looks like a possible error, but regardless this is still a very good summary. It is especially fun to walk down the shuttle memory lane as there is no way I can recall from memory what happened on every shuttle flight.

cspg
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posted 04-02-2008 09:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting point here.

This shot is from Apollo 11 but who took it? I couldn't find an answer. As for the Apollo 8 shot, it appears that Borman took it (according to Zimmerman in Genesis the story of Apollo 8). So if we can't identify the photographer of the A11 shot, then the caption is not wrong.

I've only submitted proposals for possible photos to be included in the monograph, mainly from the space shuttle program. I didn't pick those on pp99-100 and some space shuttle/Mir/ISS photos are better than my original picks!

Thanks for the kind words!

Chris.

FFrench
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posted 04-02-2008 10:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cspg:
As for the Apollo 8 shot, it appears that Borman took it (according to Zimmerman in Genesis the story of Apollo 8).
Actually, if we are talking about the "one of the most famous images returned from the space program" Apollo 8 shot, we would be talking about the color shot, which according to Zimmerman was taken by Anders.

Borman took the relatively unknown black and white shot that immediately preceded it.

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posted 04-03-2008 12:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lm5eagle   Click Here to Email lm5eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by FFrench:
Actually, if we are talking about the "one of the most famous images returned from the space program" Apollo 8 shot, we would be talking about the color shot, which according to Zimmerman was taken by Anders.
Can I add to this and say that ACCORDING TO ANDERS HIMSELF, he took that most famous color shot. A few years back, I won a copy of that photograph in an ASF auction. As would be normal, Anders insisted on inscribing the photograph to me. He was very accommodating to my request to write some additional comments and as well as writing his mission designation after his signature, he also wrote 'Photographer', referring to this particular shot.

MCroft04
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posted 04-03-2008 06:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My question was did NASA mean to print and refer to the famous Apollo 8 picture, or is there in fact a famous Apollo 11 photo (the one in the book) that we don't know who took it?

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