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cspg
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posted 06-15-2007 09:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
America In Space: NASA's First Fifty Years
by Steven Dick (Author), Neil Armstrong (Author), Robert Jacobs (Author), Constance Moore (Author), Bertram Ulrich (Author)
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NASA launches a yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary in the fall of 2007, and Abrams is privileged to publish this visual history of its many achievements in manned and unmanned space travel. Written and edited by a team of experienced NASA staffers, and illustrated with many unpublished and rare photographs from the voluminous NASA archives scattered across the country, America in Space offers an unparalleled vision of half a century of exploration and discovery.

The story of America’s space age is told with more than 400 carefully selected images. The story begins in the 1950s with intrepid test pilots venturing ever faster and higher, and opens out into the now-legendary Mercury and Apollo missions of the 1960s that made astronauts into national heroes. The space shuttle era shows us what everyday space travel might look like, while grand vistas of the universe expand our sense of wonder. The large format of the book captures both the human drama and the vast scale of NASA’s projects. America in Space is a photographic record of the greatest adventure of our time.

About the Authors
America in Space is the work of many people. The main contributors to the project are Steven Dick, NASA Chief Historian; Robert Jacobs, NASA Media Services Director; Constance Moore, NASA Visual Information Specialist; and Bertram Ulrich, Curator, NASA Art Program. Astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first human to set foot on the moon. The lunar crater, Armstrong, located near the Apollo 11 landing site, was named in his honor.


* Hardcover: 352 pages
* Publisher: Abrams Books (October 1, 2007)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 0810993732
* ISBN-13: 978-0810993730
* Amazon link

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posted 06-15-2007 09:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for robsouth     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first human to set foot on the moon. The lunar crater, Armstrong, located near the Apollo 11 landing site, was named in his honour.
When was that crater named after Armstrong? I thought it already had a name?

cspg
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posted 09-17-2007 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The book is "in stock" (whatever that means..) at amazon.com.

Question: Who is the astronaut on the cover of the book?

Chris.

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posted 09-17-2007 09:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wally Schirra.

Ed

cspg
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posted 09-17-2007 09:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Ed! (who else could have provided the answer! )

Chris.

Lou Chinal
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posted 09-24-2007 09:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The photo on the cover is of Wally Schirra. It was taken during one of the suit pressure checks at the cape, in Project Mercury.

-Lou

cspg
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posted 09-25-2007 12:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Lou. The face was somewhat familiar but couldn't identify Schirra. And I didn't find this photo on the web. According to NASA's chief historian: "(...) we tried to choose unusual ones [photos], some not seen before." Maybe that's why I didn't find it!

Chris.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-01-2007 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
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New Book Chronicles NASA's First 50 Years

As the world remembers the 50th anniversaries of the Space Age in 2007 and NASA in 2008, the historic legacy of the agency is captured in a new and lavishly illustrated book published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, and available October 4.

Titled America in Space, the book is a photographic record of the greatest adventures in the history of exploration and documents NASA's many achievements during the past five decades in aeronautics, science and technology, and human spaceflight.

"This book has a wonderful collection of imagery that chronicles the first half-century of NASA," said Shana Dale, NASA deputy administrator, Headquarters, Washington. "As we view the historic achievement of our first generation of space explorers and see how far we have come in 50 years, we also peer over the horizon to a new era of exploration that will provide us with an outpost on the moon and eventually human exploration of Mars."

Almost 500 stunning color and black-and-white photographs, including many never published before, were culled from NASA's archives. The images tell the agency's story, from the drama of lift-off, to tension in mission control, to the humor and humanity portrayed in the faces of astronauts, scientists, engineers, and political leaders associated with the program during the past five decades.

"Abrams is tremendously proud to have collaborated with NASA to create America in Space, which celebrates some of our nation's greatest achievements and is also a milestone in photographic publishing," said Eric Himmel, Abrams vice president and editor-in-chief. "It was thrilling to see these amazing images materialize from NASA's vast visual archives as the project took shape."

Published in cooperation with NASA, the book features a foreword by Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, with contributions from Steven Dick, NASA chief historian; Bob Jacobs, deputy assistant administrator for Public Affairs; Constance Moore, NASA lead photo researcher; and Bertram Ulrich, NASA curator and multimedia manager.


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posted 10-12-2007 05:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacecraft guy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got to browse through this book last night at the bookstore. I thought it was well done, probably the best 50th anniversary photo-themed book so far.

Larry McGlynn
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posted 10-12-2007 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I purchased the book last weekend.

It is a good picture book.

A book that is well worth looking for is the NASM book, "After Sputnik." They take a piece of their collection and write a story relating the artifact to political, social and space history of the time.

The artifacts they chose vary from lunch boxes to lunar cuff checklists and is very illuminating.

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A Tribute to Apollo

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posted 10-16-2007 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was surprised that I found some mistakes in this book. The one that sticks out is listed as Grissom's Liberty Bell in the water -- but anyone can see a round porthole window in the picture -- not Gus's big picture window.

Any others notice any mistakes?

J.M. Busby

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-22-2007 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Earth & Sky: Shuttle commander on 'America in Space'
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Earth & Sky spoke with astronaut Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot and command the Space Shuttle. Commander Collins talked about a new book called America in Space: NASA’s first 50 years. She reflected on her first sunrise from space, back in 1995.

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posted 10-23-2007 12:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A rather unusual large format book (27.5cm x 37.5cm)! Nice!

It reminds me of NASA SPs like SP-425 The Martian Landscape or SP-360 Mission to Earth: Landsat Views the World.

Chris.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-17-2008 07:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
E! Online has profiled this title on its Cool Stuff blog:
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Our favorite photograph? The incredible 1984 image of mission specialist Bruce McCandless free-flying in a Manned Manuevering Unit outside the space shuttle. He looks like he's floating on top of the world. And, actually, he is.

No CGI or high-tech trickery here, this is the real deal. Don't miss it.


contra
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posted 05-28-2008 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for contra   Click Here to Email contra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi, just found this great offer at amazon.com:

America In Space: NASA's First Fifty Years

...for only 10$

stefan

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posted 05-29-2008 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a truly impressive, visually stunning book. I saw it, I skimmed through it, I bought it. It's like a photographic companion to the authoritative and very wordy "History of Manned Spaceflight" by David Baker. And the current US/UK exchange rate makes it a steal at £25. (If you paid less, good for you - but it's still worth every penny of £25.

P.S. I have no connection with the publishers, honestly!

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posted 05-29-2008 09:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I grabbed this deal. Thanks for the heads-up, Stefan!

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posted 05-31-2008 05:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a meeting yesterday in Cape Canaveral with some NASA folks about designing a new emblem. It was at the same location where Mike Griffin and Shana Dale met with their counterparts from JAXA.

When their meeting ended I saw the JAXA Administrator emerge with a copy of this book evidently given to him as a gift from NASA.

Nice endorsement I'd say.

Tim

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posted 06-04-2008 08:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by contra:
Hi, just found this great offer at amazon.com
My copy arrived yesterday. It was less than $4 to ship, so I got this very impressive book for less than $14 total cost--and it arrived 2 days earlier than their estimated delivery date. I paged through it rather quickly last night and was amazed at what I had gotten at that price. I would have to say that it's one of the biggest "steals" in my collection. Just a word to the wise.

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Don

Mike Dixon
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posted 06-04-2008 10:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Half your luck Don. I thought it was a more than reasonable purchase at $75 when I picked it up for Christmas 07. No wonder you thought it was a "steal"

Mike

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