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The Space Shuttle: Celebrating Thirty Years of NASA's First Space Plane [Hardcover]

Piers Bizony
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1 Oct 2011

This superbly designed and lavishly illustrated book marks a special moment in history: the final mission of the space shuttle. Noted space and science author, Piers Bizony, has put together a retrospective that covers all 134 space shuttle missions, including the final flight of the shuttle, which is scheduled for September 2010. In addition to covering every space shuttle mission, the book also covers the development and design of the space shuttle, as well as the technical specifications of the vehicle and details of its major assemblies and subassemblies. A full double-gatefold provides a large-scale technical drawing of the space shuttle.

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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Press (1 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760339414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760339411
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 26.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is a fine pictorial tribute to a truly incredible piece of engineering."
--Engineering and Technology, 1st February 2012

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Piers Bizony has written about science, aerospace, and cosmology for a wide variety of magazines. His previous books include The Rivers of Mars (shortlisted for the NASA/Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Writing). His most recent book is One Giant Leap, a celebration of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
If you're of a certain age you probably have unusually fond memories of the shuttle - for me it was being allowed to stay home from school to watch the BBC coverage of the STS-1 launch. Thirty years later it was rather maudlin watching the live return of STS-135, and I wanted something to commemorate the end of the shuttle program - i'm pleased to say this book has fulfilled that need perfectly. Piers Bizony has essentially produced a coffee table photo book that covers each of the missions. Each mission receives a brief bio (dates, crew etc), a very short paragraph on the mission goal, and one to four pages of captioned photographs from the mission. And what photos! The photography in this book is stunning, and all the better for being crisply printed on good quality glossy paper.

It's slightly odd that the book went to press prior to the completion of STS-135 (it contains mission photos from STS-134, but only a ground prep shot for STS-135), but this really is a minor quibble in what is otherwise a photographic tour de force. It's worth noting this is not a detailed in-depth history of the shuttle program - text is wisely kept to a minimum and the photos take center stage. But if you want a stunningly beautiful, pictorial overview that spans the last 30 years of shuttle activity from start to finish, then this is the book to get!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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a book well worth the money spend on it!
with every mission in detail explained!
a lot of history on the amazing spacecraft unfortunatly now a museum piece...!
and a whole lot more and to much to tell that makes this book a definate must buy and wel worth the money spend on it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great summary of a fantastic programme 1 Jan 2014
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I was lucky enough to see one of the last Shuttle launches in 2010 and met one of the crew of the early Challenger missions, which I guess adds something.

This book is a fine record of the shuttle programme with some fine photography and summaries of each of the missions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Fascinating 20 Jun 2013
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Excellent book for anyone who's interested in the subject. Not only does it talk about each mission in easy to understand language, but also talks a lot about the vehicle itself. Pictures are fantastic also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Aug 2014
Great book, very informative.
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