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NASA has developed an in-house publication on the history and legacy of the space shuttle. Looks pretty comprehensive and has contributions from many notable people and politicians involved with the program, including a forward by John Young and Bob Crippen.

This announcement is looking for an organization that is willing to publish the book on a larger scale than the limited one NASA will be able to do.

Publishing of NASA Shuttle Book

Solicitation Number: NASA-SHUTTLE-BOOK

Recently a NASA Shuttle Book focusing on the scientific and engineering legacies and accomplishments was developed. This book will be provided to the Government Printing Office (GPO) for printing and dissemination of a limited number of copies. Therefore, NASA/JSC is seeking interested parties to publish and disseminate additional books and publications, at their own expense, utilizing the Shuttle Book contents, in full or in part. The content/material in the Shuttle Book will not be copyrighted and will be made available though a NASA web site.

Interested parties are requested to submit the following details:

  • Are you interested in publishing the book material in full or in part?

  • What forums would you use to market the material; i.e., scientific or technical publications, education, etc.

  • Please provide samples of your previously published scientific or engineering books including color graphics.
Upon review of the data received in response to this Request, NASA may contact the interested parties to engage in further discussions and plans. NASA may send samples ofthe material captured within the Shuttle Book, if so requested.

The following is an excerpt of the Shuttle Books Table of Contents:

    Legacy of the Space Shuttle Program - Table of Contents

  1. Editorial Board
  2. Dedication
  3. Foreword - John Young and Robert Crippen
  4. Preface and Acknowledgements
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Poem - Witnessing the Launch of the Shuttle Atlantis
  7. Introduction - Charles Bolden
  1. Magnificent Flying Machine - A Cathedral to Technology
  2. The Historical Legacy
  3. Major Milestones
  4. The Accidents
  5. National Security
  6. Description of the Shuttle and its Operations
  7. The Space Shuttle
  8. Processing the Shuttle for Flight
  9. Flight Operations
  10. Extravehicular Activity Operations and Advancements
  11. Shuttle Builds the International Space Station
  12. Engineering Innovations
  13. Propulsion
  14. Thermal Protection Systems
  15. Materials and Manufacturing
  16. Aerodynamics and Flight Dynamics Innovations
  17. Avionics, Navigation, and Instrumentation
  18. Software
  19. Structures
  20. Robotics and Automation
  21. Systems Engineering for Life Cycle of Complex Systems
  22. Major Scientific Discoveries
  23. The Space Shuttle and Great Observatories
  24. Atmospheric Observations and Earth Imaging
  25. Mapping the Earth: Radars and Topography
  26. Human Health and Performance
  27. The Space Shuttle: A Platform that Expanded the Frontiers of Biology
  28. Microgravity Research in the Space Shuttle Era
  29. Space Environments
  30. Social, Cultural, and Educational Legacies
  31. NASA Reflects Americas Changing Opportunities; NASA Impact US Culture
  32. Education: Inspiring Students as Only NASA Can
  33. Commercial Developments
  34. Aerospace Industry
  35. Spin Offs
  36. The Shuttle Continuum, Role of Human Spaceflight
  37. President George H.W. Bush
  38. Pam Leestma and Neme Alperstein, Elementary School Teachers
  39. Norman Augustine, Former President and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation
  40. John Logsdon, Former Director of Space Policy Institute, Georgetown University
  41. Canadian Space Agency
  42. General John Dailey, Director of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
  43. Leah Jamieson, John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering, Purdue University
  44. Mike Griffin, Former NASA Administrator
    Appendix
  1. Flight Number Information
  2. Test Flights
  3. Department of Defense
  4. Military astronauts
  5. International Payloads and Astronauts
  6. Education Payloads and Student-Teacher Interactions
  7. Earth Science Payloads
  8. Space Science Payloads
  9. Microgravity Sciences Payloads
  10. Space Biology Payloads
  11. Life and Medical Sciences Payloads
  12. Commercial Satellites Launch and Repair
  13. Commercial Payloads
  14. Engineering Tests
  15. Construction of International Space Station
  16. Program Managers
  17. Bibliography
  18. Glossary, Definition of Terms, Acronyms
  19. Contributors Biographies
  20. Acknowledgements
  21. Index
This synopsis is for information and planning purposes and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government nor will the Government pay for information solicited. The Government does not intend to fund any resulting activities associated with this request.

Your response is requested not later than August 31, 2010. Any questions you may have are to be submitted in writing to the POC listed below, and can be mailed or e-mailed. The Mailing Address is: NASA/JSCMail Code BJ5, Dawn Alexander, 2101 NASA Parkway Houston, TX 77058

Contracting Office Address:
NASA/Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas, 77058-3696, Mail Code: BJ

Point of Contact(s):
Dawn Alexander, Contracting Officer, Phone 281-244-7689, Fax 281-244-0995, Email dawn.alexander-1@nasa.gov

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Unless he is referring to another shuttle retrospective to be (originally) published by the Government Printing Office, then Wayne Hale writes in his latest blog entry that the title of this book will be "Wings in Orbit."
Next week we have the final editorial board meeting for the GPO shuttle history book 'Wings in Orbit.' This will be at MSFC in Huntsville, Alabama. I expect to write you a report on that as well.

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More details from Wayne Hale, via his blog.
Shortly after the Bush administration decided to end the shuttle program (no later than 2010), we decided that it would be a good idea to have the people who actually worked in the shuttle program write a book detailing our shared experience. Heaven knows that there are enough books on the shuttle already, and no doubt more to come. But by and large these books have been written by people who are external to the program: historians, journalists, and the like. Several individuals, most of them former astronauts, have written books, but they are necessarily the point of view of a single individual, and therefore can tell only part of the story.

So we decided to write a book on the breadth of the shuttle program, from beginning to end, the good, the bad, and the ugly, with only a couple of rules: (1) it had to be totally honest, (2) it had to be technically accurate, (3) it had to fit in one volume, and (4) it had to be written by insiders.

Tuesday we had the final editorial board meeting which put a seal on the contents. From this point on the book is in the hands of the proof readers, the indexers, the graphics designers, and the printer. We expect the Government Printing Office to have copies on the shelf for sale in January 2011. Sections will subsequently be posted on the NASA web pages, including any updates from the last couple of flights which exceeded the Bush closing date by maybe as much as a year.

The toughest part of the job was cutting material. Once our folks got started writing, they couldn't hold back. We could have written a 5 volume mini-encyclopedia; or probably a 30 volume real encyclopedia. But we stuck with our rule to have one volume, approximately 700 pages.

So what is in there? We tried to tell the "so what" of the shuttle. What did it accomplish, what did it fail to do, why was it so complex, and why did it cost so much. Future spacecraft designers may find some instruction here; both what to do and what not to do.

About one third of the book is devoted to the engineering innovations that were required to bring this unique vehicle - and its support systems - into being. Some of those innovations have now pervaded aerospace engineering as new standards. About a third of the book is the province of the scientists who used the shuttle to study the universe and smaller things as well. And the remaining third of the book is all the other stuff; history of the development and operations of the shuttle, a long description of the accidents, an obligatory description of the shuttle and its systems, and some contemplation of the social impact that the shuttle program had on America and the world.

We have quotations or sections written by over 30 astronauts, Presidents, Nobel Prize winners, scientists, program managers, NASA administrators, and flight directors. More importantly, the vast majority of the book was written by over 100 of the folks who actually did the work: designed, built, maintained, and operated the space shuttle; civil servants and contractors alike.

I think you will find it interesting. Some of the engineers cannot write coherently but we hired a few English majors to try to translate their jargon into something understandable by non-experts. We tried to hit the level of Scientific American or National Geographic text, so this is not going to be very simplistic, but perhaps thought provoking. The illustrations are outstanding. And there will be a comprehensive appendix for all those who desire statistics and details.

There should be something for everybody interested in the shuttle. I hope you like it. We've been working on it in our spare time for over four years now. Or maybe that should really say we've been working on it for our whole careers.

Information on how to pre-order the book will appear on the NASA web page in a month or so.

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NASA Johnson Space Center's exchange store is now accepting pre-orders for delivery in February 2011...
Wings In Orbit

"Wings in Orbit" is an authoritative documentation of the many accomplishments of the NASA Space Shuttle Program (SSP). This compelling book provides accurate, authentic and easily understood accounts from NASA's best subject matter experts and external resources.

The book captures the passion of those who devoted their energies to the Program's success for more than three decades and focuses on their science and engineering accomplishments, the rich history of the program and the shuttle as a historic icon in U.S. history.

The regular price will be $90 for hardcover or $50 for softcover. Pre-orders receive a $10 discount.

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If you browse through the table of contents and read Wayne Hale's essay above, you'll note that the focus of "Wings In Orbit" does not seem to be the missions that the space shuttle flew, but the vehicle itself. To quote Hale:
So what is in there? We tried to tell the "so what" of the shuttle. What did it accomplish, what did it fail to do, why was it so complex, and why did it cost so much. Future spacecraft designers may find some instruction here; both what to do and what not to do.
He explains that a third of the book is devoted to engineering, a third is about the science conducted using the shuttle and the last third...
...history of the development and operations of the shuttle, a long description of the accidents, an obligatory description of the shuttle and its systems, and some contemplation of the social impact that the shuttle program had on America and the world.
Given that intent, there doesn't seem to be a lot to be gained -- at least from a content perspective -- by waiting to publish until the last mission flies. Further, provided their stated desire to answer the "'so what' for the shuttle," the book may have even more of an impact prior to the last flight, as many will be looking to put the program into some sort of context.

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posted 01-09-2011 02:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are the amazon.com links: hardcover | softcover

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According to Wayne Hale, the soft cover edition will be available starting March 29. Hardcover copies will be available May 6.

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There is an article about the book on NASASpaceflight.com today.
In an interview with NASASpaceflight.com, former Space Shuttle Program (SSP) manager Wayne Hale spoke about the upcoming book on the history of the Shuttle, "Wings In Orbit," his role in the project, and about what he is doing today. "Wings In Orbit: Scientific and Engineering Legacies of the Space Shuttle" is due to go on sale next month.
I ordered mine months ago.

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The electronic (PDF) version of Wings in Orbit is now online, presented in chapter sections.

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posted 04-26-2011 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for herranzc   Click Here to Email herranzc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hoops! The gorgeous picture of Buran's lift-off on page 51 in broad daylight never happened...

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herranzc: Do you think this is a Photoshopped version of the launch? Why do you think it's fake? Here's the photo for those who have not seen the book or PDF.

Buran Launch 400px

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Another Oops: page 102 is not flight crew but Final Inspection Team.

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quote:
Originally posted by garymilgrom:
Why do you think it's fake?
The launch took place at night...

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I emailed Lorie Shewell this morning regarding availability of Wings In Orbit, as the shopNASA link no longer works. A few hours later, I got this reply:
The book is available for a FREE download on the NASA website. ShopNASA has stopped taking orders at this time. I would be happy to keep your name on file in case we get extras. No guarantees, sorry!
Well, then. Does anyone know what's actually going on with this book? I find it hard to believe that I'm already "SOL" because I didn't order one months in advance of publication...

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According to Wayne Hale, the Government Printing Office printed "a truly tiny number" of hardcover books and refused to do another printing. He was unaware of what was holding up the softcover, as that print run was completed.

According to JSC's Exchange Store, they received over 700 orders, were anticipating delivery of the books this week and were planning to start shipping in the same sequence that the orders were received.

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I don't know how accurate this is, but the GPO Bookstore website says that the hardcover edition is being reprinted. It mentions this under Availability.

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Received my hardcopy today through Amazon. Had seen that they took my money earlier in the week and sent out a UPS tracking number. Ordered it ages ago and almost forgot about it before Amazon asked me if I still wanted it.

From a quick flick through, it is lavishly illustrated and a pretty comprehensive edition. Reminds a bit of the large books Energia or Khrunichev produce on special anniversaries. Thrilled to finally have it, well worth the wait. I am sure others will get their copies shortly.

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My local Barnes & Noble (Newington, New Hampsire) had four paperback copies on the shelf on Thursday. Unfortunately they were all shrink wrapped, so I couldn't leaf through it.

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Got it.

After cancelled orders with Amazon and my closest Barnes & Noble, I gassed it ten minutes down I-25 to the B&N at Park Meadows and I now have a softcover copy in my hands. Beautifully produced book.

I'll still try to wrangle a hardcover, but FYI if anyone wants a paperback, the B&N clerk told me that they have just over 100 copies warehoused and available within a week to US customers.

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Got it! There was one on the shelf in the downtown Seattle B&N bookstore. Grabbed it and canceled my order with NASA.

Great book, tons of geeky techie details.

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I wound up cancelling my Amazon order and ordering the softcover version online from Barnes & Noble after I got an email with a 15% off coupon.

I just got the book this morning. It is a hefty tome. I flipped through it, and it looks great. I can't wait to dig into it.

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I dropped by the Johnson Space Center Exchange Shop last week and inquired about "Wings in Orbit."

The books, both a partial order of hardcover copies (all that were printed) and softcover copies, were received the week earlier and are scheduled to start shipping this week.

Hardcover orders may be delayed going out just for a little longer due to what I understand is something special planned.

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Today I received the hardcover copy which I ordered about a month ago from the GPO. Even though the GPO website still says the hardcover version is being reprinted, it looks like they are now shipping them out to customers.

I am very impressed with it so far, but needless to say it was a very big surprise to receive it given what that website says. It seems to be worth every penny!

(One curious point is that it seems it came to me via Ramstein AB, perhaps on some military/government mail-run.)

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I received my hardcover copy here in Germany three days ago. Ordered it through amazon.de 5 or 6 weeks ago. Great book.

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My hardcover copy ordered through Johnson Space Center's exchange store (ShopNASA) arrived today.

The "something special" I had heard about earlier was not included so I guess they chose expediency over extras, which is fine by me.

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Received my hardcover last week. The cover image and title are surprisingly moving and poignant, reinforcing the fact that it's going to be a long time before we see a vehicle with "wings in orbit" again (after Atlantis' last flight, that is).

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Got my hardcover Wings in Orbit in the mail today and I did get the special stuff: signed by John Shannon, John Casper, Leroy Cain and Helen Lane (editor). Worth the wait. Thanks NASA!

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Got MY hardcover copy from JSC today, no extras. Nice looking book, can't wait to start wading in.

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I must be one of the lucky ones; I placed my order for a hardback copy via JSC store (ShopNASA.com) back in August, and just got my copy yesterday (June 24), and it was accompanied by a nice note thanking me for my patience, and signed by John Shannon, John Casper, LeRoy Cain and Helen Lane. So for me it was worth the wait!

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Nothing signed on my hardcover ordered in advance. I wonder how they decided who would get signed copies. Kind of annoying.

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Mine arrived to day. Got lucky, it had a note thanking me for my patience and was signed as well. Flipping through it, looks like a great book. Noticed that they had the 133 launch date put in, but no mission days for it.

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Received my copy today, complete with signatures. I have to keep it in its box or my entire work day will be spent reading it...

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Mine arrived today and was a signed copy as well. Great book!

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Mine arrived today. Beautiful book with a boatload of information.

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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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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
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.

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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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Heads up. The GPO has the hardcover edition for $35.

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Thanks for the info on the sale. It took about a week to get sent out. I never like the feel of the paperback version. It always feel like it the binding will not hold up while reading it.

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