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The Space Shuttle

Celebrating Thirty Years of NASA's First Space Plane

The Space Shuttle

Piers Bizony

Format: Hardcover, 300 Pages
ISBN: 9780760339411
Publisher: Zenith Press
Illustrations: 900 color photos
Size: 10.5 x 11.25
Weight: 0.25 lb.
Published: Oct. 2, 2011
Price: $40.00
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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 the entire space shuttle program. 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.

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 Worlds explored 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.

Universe Today.comFor those out there that consider themselves “shuttle huggers” this book is simply a must-have. It is perfect to take to autograph shows to be signed by astronauts (as every mission is detailed, it is a simple matter to have crew members sign on the pages that contain their missions). It is also a perfect gift for space aficionados this holiday season . . . a welcome addition to your home library.

Bookviews by Alan Caruba

"...a classic coffee table book, 10.5 x 11.25, 300 pages and filled with 900 color photos. In short, the perfect Christmas gift for someone who is an enthusiast for life and travel in outer space. In the 1980s, on assignment, I had the opportunity to visit the John F. Kennedy Space Center and tour the site where rockets and space shuttles were launched. I saw a shuttle up close and that is to say I saw a vehicle that was the size of a small building and marveled that it could be lifted beyond Earth’s gravity to circle the planet. One can only marvel at the courage of the crews that went aloft and the scientific and technological mastery that made it possible. This book is a keeper!"

 Alan Boyle (Cosmic Logic, MSBNC)

"Are you looking for this year's biggest, shiniest coffee-table book about NASA's recently departed space shuttle fleet? Bizony's book is chock-full of pictures from each of the fleet's 135 missions, although the last one is represented only by a picture of Atlantis and its team during preparations for July's final flight. The text reviews 30 years of highs and lows for the shuttle program."

Travel for Aircraft

"The photos and captions in Bizony’s book have wonderful variety which are marked by pleasant pace and spicy tempo. There are great scale panoramas for the introductory audience and there are environmental portraits, ones that show a moment in the life with the use of an intuitive angle, for the more sophisticated of readers or aerospace students. The Shuttles are explained in concise text and plentiful images from launch to recovery and readying for the next flight. An appendix is provided which is a roster of all the missions flown and their pertinent facts, including mission highlights — whether they are good ones or bad ones. A 3-D cross-section, rendered by Simon Atkinson and Lawrence Seward, is a special bonus. This book is one to get for many libraries (research, school or personal) as well as coffee tables. This one sits on our living room coffee table and will not collect dust."
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October 11,2011
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