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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-18-2013 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Bill Barry, NASA Chief Historian:
Celebrate 50 Years of NASA History Books

The NASA History Program published its first book, "Project Mercury: A Chronology," in 1963. To celebrate the golden anniversary of NASA's history books we are offering you a chance to get copies of some of our older titles for free.

While supplies last you can pick up free copies of many of our publications from the NASA Headquarters Information Center. You can find a complete list of what is available (including some of our more recent books that are not available under the free book promotion) here.

If you can't make it to the Headquarters Information Center, they will ship to you at a cost of $3 per title. Unfortunately, we can't offer shipping and handling to non-US addresses. (My apologies to our overseas fans.)

Happy Reading in 2013!

onesmallstep
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posted 01-18-2013 03:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, the staff of the information office at NASA Headquarters is friendly and attentive. When I first visited two years ago, I couldn't believe the free 'swag' (books, lithos, posters, stickers) they had to offer. But be prepared to carry home some heavy bags! Also, a look around the nice reference library next door and gift shop in the lobby is also recommended. Note: all are only open weekdays, closed Federal holidays.

Jurg Bolli
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posted 01-18-2013 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just ordered two of them, this is great!

jiffyq58
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posted 01-18-2013 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll be in D.C. in a couple of weeks and will be spending several hours at the National Air and Space Museum. Where is NASA HQ in relation to the museum? Very far?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-18-2013 10:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here, let me Google (Maps) that for you.

Fezman92
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posted 01-19-2013 12:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So many choices, so little money.

lspooz
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posted 01-19-2013 06:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Here, let me Google (Maps) that for you.
This summer I passed through DC and took a night at the Residence Inn to take my son to some of the museums [NASM included of course] - now to find out that I overlooked NASA HQ + gift shop literally across the street from my room is just painful.

Many thanks for posting the book and CD-ROM link!!

jiffyq58
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posted 01-19-2013 06:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Here, let me Google (Maps) that for you.
Duh. Thanks, Robert.

bwhite1976
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posted 01-19-2013 10:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bwhite1976   Click Here to Email bwhite1976     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow. This made my day. Some great titles on that list. My wife said I could only order 10. So 10 it is.

jiffyq58
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posted 01-19-2013 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I ordered 11 (didn't exactly run it by my wife). And then 2 weeks from now I'm going to go over there and see if there's anything else that catches my eye. What a great deal.

MCroft04
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posted 01-19-2013 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just completed my order form. But remember it says to call 202-358-0000 to check availability before ordering.

jiffyq58
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posted 01-19-2013 08:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, I did that Mel. They had all of the titles I wanted. Hope that's still true when the order arrives!

Jay Chladek
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posted 01-19-2013 10:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are some GOOD titles on this list. I need to wait a couple days for a little slush fund, but I see at least 6 titles critical to my research and probably 6 others that are "nice to have" titles.

bwhite1976
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posted 02-04-2013 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bwhite1976   Click Here to Email bwhite1976     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent away for my selection of books on Jan. 21st and I just recieved all 10 of the copies I requested today! Very nicely packaged. My mailman asked if I recieved moon rocks.

jiffyq58
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posted 02-04-2013 06:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also received my box of 11 books, plus a few monographs and DVD-roms, today. What a nice haul! I also happened to be in D.C. on Friday in connection with the Mattingly appearance at Udvar-Hazy, so I went by NASA HQ and picked up a few more titles that Jay Chladek recommended to me (thanks, Jay!). These books are really nice additions to the space library I am building.

If you're thinking about taking advantage of this great offer, I wouldn't wait too long. When I was at the Information Center on Friday, I had planned to pick up all four volumes of Boris Chertok's Rockets and People set, but they had run out of copies of volume 3. I got the other three volumes, though.

Couldn't ask for a better deal.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-08-2013 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jiffyq58:
I had planned to pick up all four volumes of Boris Chertok's Rockets and People set, but they had run out of copies of volume 3. I got the other three volumes, though.
I heard Bill Barry, NASA chief historian, who shared:
The shortage in supply on Rockets and People III was a temporary supply glitch. We have limited storage space in the Info Center and it takes a while to get the books from the warehouse to HQ. We were surprised by the demand for that one.

We still have plenty of copies of all four volumes of the Rockets and People series. (It is a great read – I'm glad people are enjoying it.)

astroborg
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posted 02-09-2013 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astroborg   Click Here to Email astroborg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Folks:

They still have lots of books - I just made my trek there on my day off yesterday. Made a big haul; 16 books - 34 lbs! The staffers there are very nice to work with. They were able to call and find a copy of Asif Siddiqi's "Challenge to Apollo" for me.

jjknap
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posted 02-09-2013 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjknap   Click Here to Email jjknap     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just ordered 10 books. I hope they have them all

astroborg
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posted 03-09-2013 07:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astroborg   Click Here to Email astroborg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They still have a very good selection at the NASA HQ Info Center; I just picked up 13 more books on Friday. They still have a all 4 Rockets & People in stock.

carl walker
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posted 03-10-2013 08:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carl walker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Please, would someone be able to order a hardback version of these if they are still available? I will pay shipping from US to NL.
  • SP-4203 On the Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project Gemini
  • SP-4220 Wingless Flight: The Lifting Body Story
  • SP-4223 "Before This Decade is Out...": Personal Reflections on the Apollo Program

GoesTo11
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posted 03-10-2013 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Carl, some years ago I purchased On the Shoulders of Titans and This New Ocean (Mercury) from the NASA history office, and both were paperback editions. I'm not sure about your other two desired titles, but I believe the Titans hardcover is long out of print.

jiffyq58
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posted 03-10-2013 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The version of "On the Shoulders of Titans" that they have is paperback. "Before This Decade is Out" is a hardback.

BMacKinnon
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posted 03-16-2013 06:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMacKinnon   Click Here to Email BMacKinnon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My box of Moon Rocks (10 books) arrived yesterday! Looks like I have a lot of reading to do now! What a great opportunity and super service! Thanks Robert for letting us know about this one!

MCroft04
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posted 03-16-2013 07:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Agree; I'm on my second book. Would not have known of this opportunity if not for cS!

carl walker
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posted 03-29-2013 05:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carl walker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GoesTo11:
I'm not sure about your other two desired titles, but I believe the Titans hardcover is long out of print.
Okay, thanks for the info...

GACspaceguy
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posted 03-29-2013 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just contacted these folks and all of the “Free” publications are still available. If you have been putting off ordering as I have, you still have a chance. (“Free”- but $3/book S&H)

astro-nut
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posted 04-06-2013 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My box of books arrived the other day in the mail. What a great deal this is!! Thank you Robert and collectSPACE for letting us space fans know about this one!! Thanks again.

disglobes
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posted 04-25-2013 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for disglobes   Click Here to Email disglobes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My books arrived today, all 13 of them. What a great deal. Thanks Robert for sharing!

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