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Last Launch: Discovery, Endeavor, Atlantis Hardcover – 20 Dec 2012

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; Firsttion ed. edition (20 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 029273963X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292739635
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 2.2 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the aspects of Dan Winters' photography that I've really enjoyed throughout the years is his fascination with science. Although he's well-known for his celebrity portraits, he also does a fair amount of work for science magazines like Discover, where he also shows off his penchant for set building. But even with this knowledge, I was pleasantly surprised to find his new book Last Launch, which chronicles the last days of NASA's Space Shuttle program with his special access - let's call it "court-side seats," for lack of a better term." Allen Murabayashi, PhotoShelter.com, November 21st 2012 "Some may argue that there are many more photos of those final shuttle launches available for free online, including many by NASA itself. And that's true: if all you want to do is gorge on launch photos, the Internet is happy to accommodate you. However, Last Launch is a book of art: a presentation of photos, some conventional and others not, that recall those final missions and revere the vehicles that flew them. And "revere" is not too strong of a word: in the introduction, Winters recalls going inside Discovery and likening the experience to a visit to a cathedral. "I felt the presence of the souls that had passed through her during the thirty years and millions of miles that she had traveled," he writes. "It too felt like a spiritual place to me." It's in that frame of mind - reverence of a fantastic, yet flawed, spaceship - that this book should be kept." - Jeff Foust, editor and publisher of The Space Review

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.

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Basically if you have any interest in space or the shuttle then you have to buy this book.
The photographs are very detailed and full page showing you shuttle images that you would never otherwise see.
The launch photos are my particular favourite, the power and brutality of the launches is captured perfectly. You can almost hear the deafening roar as the shuttle leaves Earth.
Sad to see the shuttle retired but it will always live on with this book.
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Yes, some great shots of the launches, but the tonality is a bit too obviously photoshopped.

I expected more after seeing his amazing 360 shots of aircraft and spacecraft in the iPad edition of Wired.

Oh yes, and neither Amazon, nor Book Depository are any more capable of packaging a book in such a way that it doesn't arrive with the spine bent in or some other marring.

Initially I had one from Amazon and it was in a single wrapping of corrugated cardboard. Both ends of the spine had been bashed it. The cardboard wrapping was not damaged, so I conclude someone at Amazon just chucks books around.

I returned that and ordered from the Book Depository. That arrived in the same kind of wrapping. This time only one spine end was bent, but it was too minor to complain.

However the pages inside are marked with dents where someone has thumbed through the book randomly and roughly.

This is not a case where the denting was made in the printing process, because then you can see the dent consistently in the same place. With this one the dents were on about 75% of the pages in different places.

I'll buy nice books in shops in future. Amazon cannot deliver art books without making a mess of them. Actually the same goes for vinyl LPs. The arrive all bent up as well.
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Very good photographs but there are better books out there if you are fascinated by space. Book was delivered on time and in a very good condition even if the post man did his best to damage it.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 24 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, large format photos in this huge book! 18 Oct. 2012
By James Knapper - Published on Amazon.com
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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 beginnig (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 mis-printed 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book 23 Dec. 2014
By Qwerty Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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The cover caught my eye as I recognized it as the STS-134 launch (which i was able to experience in person). The photographs are amazing and the physical book is very well crafted.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 Jan. 2015
By SG - Published on Amazon.com
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Love this book, it has some of the best picture of the space shuttle program I have seen
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book! 14 Mar. 2015
By Candie L. Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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A beautiful book! A must for an NASA enthusiast!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 18 Jan. 2015
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Good quality
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