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cspg
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posted 11-15-2011 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last Launch: Discovery, Endeavor, Atlantis
by Dan Winters and Al Reinert
Americans have been driven to explore beyond the horizon ever since the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. In the twentieth century, that drive took us to the moon and inspired dreams of setting foot on other planets and voyaging among the stars.

The vehicle we built to launch those far journeys was the space shuttle — Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavor. This fleet of reusable spacecraft was designed to be our taxi to earth orbit, where we would board spaceships heading for strange new worlds.

While the shuttle program never accomplished that goal, its 135 missions sent more than 350 people on a courageous journey into the unknown.

Last Launch is a stunning photographic tribute to America's space shuttle program. Dan Winters was one of only a handful of photographers to whom NASA gave close-range access to photograph the last launches of Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavor. Positioning automatically controlled cameras at strategic points around the launch pad — some as close as seven hundred feet — he recorded images of take-offs that capture the incredible power and transcendent beauty of the blast that sends the shuttle hurtling into space.

Winters also takes us on a visual tour of the shuttle as a marvel of technology — from the crew spaces with their complex instrumentation, to the massive engines that propelled the shuttle, to the enormous vehicle assembly building where the shuttles were prepared for flight.

About the Author

Known for the broad range of subject matter he is able to interpret, Dan Winters has had his photographs published in Esquire, GQ, Vanity Fair, the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Time, Texas Monthly, Wired, Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, and many other national and international publications.

Aperture published a book of his magazine work titled Dan Winters: Periodical Photographs. Winters has won over one hundred national and international awards from American Photography, Communication Arts, the Society of Publication Designers, PDN, the Art Directors Club of New York, and Life, among others, as well as the prestigious Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography and a world press photo award in the arts category. In 2003, he was honored by Kodak as a photo "Icon" in their biographical "Legends" series.

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (May 15, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 029273963X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292739635

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posted 10-15-2012 08:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjknap   Click Here to Email jjknap     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I pre-ordered this book months ago, and Amazon shipped it today. I will give a review when I receive it this week.

jjknap
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posted 10-17-2012 07:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjknap   Click Here to Email jjknap     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I received the book today. I ordered this book a year ago in November, so it had been a long time coming.

It is big at 12" long and 10" wide. There is a little bit of text, mostly at the beginning (including some text from Mark Kelly), but most of the book is pictures of the shuttle taking up almost the entire page. The pictures are beautiful, so clear that you can read the numbers on the tiles.

There is a picture of the aft-end of the shuttle with all three engines removed which shows spectacular detail of the insides of that area. There are also stand-alone pictures of the engines and other elements such as the control console at Mission Control.

As I was looking through the book, I noticed blank pages in the book; I thought maybe I had a misprinted book. At the end of the book, however, there are thumbnails of each page, telling you what you were looking at, and it shows the blank pages. I just found that a strange choice.

I would have liked the author to use all of that real-estate to display other pictures. However, that does not detract from the overall book.

The pictures are amazing, and it is a must for any shuttle fan.

heng44
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posted 10-18-2012 12:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info. I will surely order it.

garymilgrom
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posted 10-18-2012 06:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Me too. Read the tile numbers - be still my heart! Thanks.

On edit - ships in 2-3 weeks. Publication date Nov. 12?

jjknap
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posted 10-18-2012 06:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjknap   Click Here to Email jjknap     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They kept changing the publication date, but I can tell you I have mine. You will be amazed by the pictures.

mikelynaugh
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posted 11-08-2012 11:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikelynaugh   Click Here to Email mikelynaugh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received my book a couple of days ago. The book is beautiful, I love the cover shots, and the silver text looks great. The photography is fantastic, it really is so clear that I am wondering how they did that.

The blank pages are kinda weird though. They are sort of separators between the different chapters, but they sometimes are two pages, and if I remember right, there is one section where it is three blank pages. That is a little weird, I wish it had some text... even just the word "Discovery" or something.... but other than that, I am really happy with the book, it was worth the wait.

Blackarrow
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posted 11-08-2012 04:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope the book correctly spells the name of shuttle "Endeavour."

Robonaut
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posted 11-09-2012 02:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robonaut   Click Here to Email Robonaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps the blank pages can be used for autographs? I am sure some autograph collectors will quite like them.

garymilgrom
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posted 11-09-2012 05:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not such a big fan of this book. First there are 41 blank pages - that's a lot! I don't know what the artist intended - perhaps to "rest" your eyes before proceeding visually? In my opinion they're a waste of resources.

Second all the photos in the book are very dark (like the cover image below). It's obvious the artist likes dark grey cloudy skys, but in every shot? The orbiter is so dark it looks grey or silver in many images.

Finally most of the photos just aren't that special. There are some extreme close ups that will be useful to modelers, but I've seen better, clearer, more dynamic photos of the stack, the pads and the launches themselves elsewhere.

Last Launch

Just my opinion of course!

heng44
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posted 11-09-2012 05:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with Gary. The book in itself looks very attractive, but I don't like the way most of the colors have been drained from the photos. It is no doubt for 'artistic' reasons, but I like the normal colors better. Why doctor with that?

astro-nut
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posted 04-06-2013 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I, too, have purchased this book and like some other collectSPACE members have said, I, too, am not a big fan of this book. I found this book to be a letdown. This book is not one of my favorites. Just my opinion. Thank you.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 04-07-2013 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with the above reviewers. For the price of the book, combined with the number of blank pages and the lack of "wow" photos, I passed on buying this, preferring to flip through it in the bookstore.

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