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The Space Shuttle: Celebrating Thirty Years of NASA's First Space Plane Hardcover – 1 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Press (1 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760339414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760339411
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 2.9 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,924 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

About the Author

PIERS BIZONY’s book Atom, the dramatic story of the rivalries and passions behind the discovery of quantum physics, was a tie-in for a BBC TV series.

An earlier book,The Rivers of Mars, a critically acclaimed analysis of the life on Mars debate, was shortlisted for the NASA/Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Writing, while Invisible Worldsexplored the strange borderland where twenty-first century science meets art.

He now serves as a member of an Editorial Advisory Board overseeing the quality of science and technology publications linked to the BBC brand and is a regular contributor to Engineering and Technology (E&T)magazine, Flipside, Focus, and New Scientist.


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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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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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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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