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mikelynaugh
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posted 06-23-2012 07:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikelynaugh   Click Here to Email mikelynaugh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A good friend of mine works at an aviation museum and he sent me a beautiful hardcover cover copy of the new book "Celebrating 30 Years of the Space Shuttle Program."

I have tried to find info on this book online and found a mention in on the government's FBO site and also NASA has an e-book version (PDF) on their site but no mention of this book on amazon or anywhere else.

Is this hardcover version rare? Is it an official NASA edition?

The book is absolutely beautiful. It's hard cover with a dust jacket. The actual cover of the book under the dust jacket is a nice texture with the anniversary logo embossed in silver, and the book itself is 284 pages long.

I was just curious if anyone else has seen this yet? The e-version on NASA's site will give you an idea of the quality of it, but it sure looks great printed and bound.

Rick
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posted 06-23-2012 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick   Click Here to Email Rick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was at Space Center Houston last week, and the gift shop had copies of this book on sale for $60. It's a nice coffee-table type publication, but pretty pricey.

cspg
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posted 06-23-2012 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here you go: U.S. Government Bookstore

And thanks for the info on this "stealth" book!

garymilgrom
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posted 06-23-2012 10:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Note the e-book PDF link above is 51 MB.

GoesTo11
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posted 06-23-2012 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Downloaded the e-book, and ordered a copy from the GPO. Never would have known it existed if not for this site and its members.

cspg
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posted 06-23-2012 02:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Same here!

mikelynaugh
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posted 06-25-2012 08:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikelynaugh   Click Here to Email mikelynaugh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You guys will love it! It was a nice surprise to me too... nice coming home to a surprise gift like this.

Jay Chladek
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posted 06-25-2012 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The PDF has a couple screwups. The STS-117 patch doesn't have Anderson's name on it and the STS-118 patch is the original STS-118 patch with Anderson's name and not Alvin Drew's. I am curious if the books themselves have the same deal.

GoesTo11
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posted 06-25-2012 10:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Man, Jay, you catch this stuff quick!

Additionally, if anyone hasn't tried yet, the e-book file despite its 51+ MB size is actually quite lo-res. The text is OK, the images...not so much. Nothing like the downloadable PDFs of NASA publications that we're used to. This e-book is adequate for online viewing, but nothing I'd bother printing.

GoesTo11
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posted 07-02-2012 09:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rick:
I was at Space Center Houston last week, and the gift shop had copies of this book on sale for $60. It's a nice coffee-table type publication, but pretty pricey.

Agree. I received my copy from the GPO Bookstore on Friday, and it's certainly an attractive, well-presented keepsake book. No regrets at all for $48, but $60 strikes me as a bit of tourist gouging.

Amazon.com now lists the book as well, though not available yet. Be interested to see if they actually sell it, and for how much.

Oh, and to answer your questions, Jay...yes, the book has the same two obsoleted patches, even though the text for both missions lists the correct crewmembers. Oh well.

garymilgrom
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posted 07-05-2012 07:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought this book was a bit disappointing. There is no information about the missions that cannot be found in many other places, and the DOD missions are devoid of any information at all besides the flight number.

The best part for me was seeing the astronauts age as the flights progress. I've come to know a few shuttle astros in the past few years and it's interesting to see how they looked 20-30 years ago.

BMckay
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posted 07-13-2012 06:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought it was good. Not great cause of lack of more info on each mission but a good reference book for quick info and even to get autographs on.

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