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cspg
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posted 08-23-2011 06:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Rick Mulheirn:
It is my understanding that the JSC exchange store now has hardback copies in stock.

Makes me wonder why they then mailed me a softcover instead of the hardcover I ordered and paid for a year ago.

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posted 08-23-2011 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lm5eagle   Click Here to Email lm5eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Copy arrived in Scotland today. Unfortunately it was not the hardback copy I ordered and paid for many months ago.

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posted 08-23-2011 04:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Ritter   Click Here to Email Michael Ritter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received my hard cover copy yesterday, ordered back in January. Unfortunately it was not a signed copy and was shrink wrapped. Just leafing through the book a few seconds I am really impressed. Although it was not a signed copy I am thinking about turning it into one and having any future shuttle astronauts I come across sign it for me.

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posted 08-24-2011 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A hardcover will be shipped in a couple of days I've been told.

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Thank you for the reply on the signed copy. I figured as much but knowing makes it easier to keep the hardcover sealed while I read the paperback.

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Originally posted by lm5eagle:
Copy arrived in Scotland today. Unfortunately it was not the hardback copy I ordered and paid for many months ago.
I have been informed that I will receive a hardback in a few days.

I must pay tribute to Cynthia Kibby at ShopNASA. She has been nothing less than helpful and courteous in sorting out any problems. Thank you Cynthia.

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Originally posted by lm5eagle:
I must pay tribute to Cynthia Kibby at ShopNASA. She has been nothing less than helpful and courteous in sorting out any problems.
I would concur with that sentiment. Cynthia has been very helpful to me in my efforts to purchase a hardcover copy.

For what it's worth, the book has been made "temporarily" available on the JSC Exchange store website for purchase. I just placed an order and they were showing 292 in stock...

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posted 08-27-2011 03:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, that's about as temporary as it gets. So far as I can see, ShopNASA has removed any mention of the book from its site.

Hey NASA, I'm an American taxpayer and I'd really like to buy this book. Can you tell me if, when, or how I can or can't?

This is so @#$%&* infuriating.

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posted 08-27-2011 07:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why not try some of the gift shops at the other NASA centers? When I visited Marshall on my way back from STS-135, the gift shop next to the cafeteria had plenty of copies of both the soft cover and hard cover for sale (although I imagine some of those are being snapped up by contractors as they get laid off).

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posted 08-30-2011 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MajTom7   Click Here to Email MajTom7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received an email from Cynthia Kibby today:
Thank you for your patience in waiting for the opportunity to order the Wings In Orbit books. I have some books available now and have posted them back on our website to allow you a chance to place your order. I do not know how long they will be available as supply is limited.

Due to the excessive weight of the book, all orders within the US will be shipped Media Mail at the price stated for Priority. If you need the book shipped Priority, additional shipping fees will be due. International orders will be shipped Priority International with additional shipping charges to reflect a total of $45.00 Shipping and Handling. I apologize for the price, but the book weighs 5 lbs and this is very close to the amount we pay for postage.

They show 285 hard cover copies in stock as of 6:30pm Eastern.

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posted 09-05-2011 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My hardcover copy arrived today.

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posted 09-08-2011 02:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received my hardcover today. ShopNASA.com fixed their website issues last week and I was able to order there. Shipping time was about a week (including the holiday) by USPS Media Mail from JSC to Denver.

I'd also like to add my thanks to Cynthia at JSC for being as helpful as possible (not to mention patient with my multiple email inquiries).

Incidentally, before the books came available on ShopNASA, I did try the gift shops at KSC, Marshall, and Dryden and had no luck with the hardcover.

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posted 09-08-2011 11:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine arrived today. Beautiful book with a boatload of information.

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posted 09-09-2011 04:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lm5eagle   Click Here to Email lm5eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My hardback copy has arrived. Once again, my many thanks to Cynthia for bringing the outcome to fruition.

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posted 10-04-2011 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Johnson Space Center organized a Wings in Orbit book signing this evening with 30 contributors participating. The event was for and attended mostly by employees.

A handful of astronauts (Coats, Foale, Leestma, Lucid and Ochoa) signed alongside the book's editors, its illustrator and a group of shuttle managers and workers who each wrote chapters or sections.

I don't know if any extra copies were signed, but I don't believe so. Although books were available for purchase, the contributors came and went as desired.

In a pleasant surprise, those having their book signed were each given a Wings in Orbit bookmark that flew on space shuttle Endeavour's final mission, STS-134.

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In a pleasant surprise, those having their book signed were each given a Wings in Orbit bookmark that flew on space shuttle Endeavour's final mission, STS-134.
I wondered where those were going to go when I saw them in the 134 OFK.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-04-2011 09:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Most of the bookmarks were or are being given to the book's contributors, who number more than 300.

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Don't suppose anyone would know how many hardback versions have been printed?

When they first went up a year or so ago I remember there only being like 340 hardback copies. There are people on eBay with quantities of 50 plus and they all say first editions.

Would anyone know if the versions being released now are the very first editions?

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One of these eBayers has over 2 million feedback comments. No one has that amount of stuff on hand. They must be drop-shipping... from the publisher perhaps?

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Oddly enough, I was looking around today and the GPO announced on 7/7 that the book would be available for purchase, yet they cancelled my order on 7/8! I see ShopNASA has over 500 copies of the hardcover. Got to be a reprint.

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The JSC shop now has Wings in Orbit on sale for US $65 (hardcover) and $45 (softcover).


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