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cspg
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posted 10-02-2010 09:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Final Journey of the Saturn V
by Andrew Thomas
The Saturn V rocket carried men to the moon, and its history reflects the US space program's rise, success and demise.

In 1961, John F. Kennedy challenged America to put a man on the moon and win the space race. Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon in 1969 as the culmination of a concerted scientific and technological effort.

A little over a decade later, the Saturn rocket was tossed aside to rot in a field near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The rocket's carcass became the home to flora and fauna. Like the space program itself, the rocket was forgotten. Finally in the mid 1990s, supported by the Smithsonian Institute, the Saturn V was brought back to life.

Leading the restoration was Paul Thomarios, the son of Greek immigrants. The reconditioning of the rocket is part of the story, but the story is also that of Thomarios. This book details both, showing how pride and dedication made the Saturn rocket and Paul Thomarios.

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Akron Press (June 1, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1931968993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931968997

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posted 10-03-2010 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paul Thomarios also restores Atlas and Titans.

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posted 09-30-2011 03:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Publication is now October 2011.

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posted 11-30-2011 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazon has a new release date of February 1, 2012.

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posted 11-30-2011 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for this information. I've pre-ordered a copy as this looks most interesting.

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posted 02-17-2012 07:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the publisher's web page, the title has changed from One Giant Leap for Man and Decades of Neglect: Rise, Fall and Resurrection of the Saturn Rocket to The Final Journey of the Saturn V.

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posted 02-27-2012 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like a most interesting book (with a better title).

For a long time there were Saturn segments displayed over at the Visitors' Center and full Saturn V laid out by the VAB. Was this a third moon rocket located and refurbished at the Cape?

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This book is about the Saturn V that was displayed outside the Vehicle Assembly Building and is now the feature attraction in the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

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posted 03-20-2012 09:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just called the publisher, and was told that the book will be published April 15, at $24.95, with media mail shipping of $5.50.

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posted 04-19-2012 04:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ringo67   Click Here to Email ringo67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got a call from the publisher saying they needed a new credit card to process my order (my other card was stolen). So it looks like they're in the process of sending out the preorders now.

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posted 04-19-2012 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff   Click Here to Email Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just placed my order... standing by for contact or the book.

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posted 04-24-2012 06:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazon shipped my copy on April 23.

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I just received this book on Friday and read it over the weekend. It gives a nice history of the Saturn rockets. The chapters on the restoration of the rocket make up the last section of the book.

There are 25 pages of color photos in the middle of the book that show the restoration process. Scattered throughout the book are one page treatments from Paul Thomarios about his life and what prepared him for the restoration of the Saturn V rocket.

The book is 128 pages, so it made a quick read. I would recommend the book to anyone who is interested in the Saturn V rocket.

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posted 04-28-2012 03:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ringo67   Click Here to Email ringo67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm about a third of the way through the book and unfortunately I've found a a handful of factual errors and once grammatical error (a missing word, actually). The most egregious factual error was having the command module landing on the moon.

Other than that, it's not a bad read so far, but I was hoping for more about the restoration of the rocket and development of the Saturn V Center.

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posted 04-30-2012 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jeff Foust reviews "The Final Journey of the Saturn V" for The Space Review:
...the description of the rocket's restoration, illustrated with a large number of color photos, is fascinating. It's clear that NASA learned from that challenge of restoring the Saturn V in the careful planning involved in the current transfer of the shuttles to their final homes, protected from the elements.

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