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release date: Jun 21, 2018
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Remove Before Flight

As a ten-year-old boy inspired by fellow Ohioan, Neil Armstrong, when he landed on the moon in 1969, Scott dreamed of someday becoming part of something larger than himself. Ten years later, through a series of serendipitous life events, Scott Phillips embarked on a career with NASA's groundbreaking Space Shuttle Program. He was the last team member to exit the first External Tank prior to its maiden flight on April 12, 1981, and saved the Remove Before Flight ribbon as a memento. What followed was an extraordinary thirty-three-year adventure, encompassing the entire span of the program--from the depths of tragedy to the exclusive never-before-seen photos and first-hand stories. Remove Before Flight takes the reader on a historical and personal journey that will enlighten and entertain.

release date: May 31, 2013
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release date: Mar 01, 2018
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Is The Bible from Heaven is the Earth a Globe? In Two Parts Does Modern Science and the Bible Agree?: -Also- an Accurate Chronolgy of All Past Time Containing a Classification of all the Eclipses
Is The Bible from Heaven is the Earth a Globe? In Two Parts Does Modern Science and the Bible Agree? -Also- an Accurate Chronology of All Past Time Containing a Classification of all the Eclipses From Creation Authenticated by the British Astronomical Association of London England. Second Edition Revised and Enlarged by Alex Gleason. 443 Pages.
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release date: Aug 01, 2017
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Mars: Making Contact
With unparalleled access to NASA’s archives, this stunning volume pays tribute to 50 years of Mars exploration.
Thanks to the latest Mars expeditions—with many more planned in the next few years—all eyes have turned to the once-mysterious red planet. This illuminating book traces our history of Mars exploration, from the earliest telescopic viewings, through NASA’s first flybys in the 1960s, to the landers in the 1970s, and the increasingly sophisticated rovers and orbiters of today. It also showcases in exquisite detail the elaborate plans for human expeditions to Mars, including NASA’s ambitious designs for crewed missions and other compelling alternative plans formulated by experts such as Buzz Aldrin. With breathtaking photographs and rare images of plans, maps, schematics, and more, including insider documents from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the story of mankind’s fascination with Mars jumps off the page.
 
release date: Dec 30, 2005
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Apollo Moon Missions: The Unsung Heroes

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued a challenge: the United States would land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth before the end of the decade. It seemed like an impossible task and one that the Russians―who had launched the first satellite and put the first man into Earth orbit―would surely perform before us. The ingenuity, passion, and sacrifice of thousands of ordinary men and women, from all walks of life, enabled the space program to meet this extraordinary goal. In all, six crews would land on the moon before Congress withdrew financial backing for the program. This is the story of the men and women who worked behind the scenes, without fanfare or recognition, to make these missions a success. Thirty years later, they still speak of Apollo with pride, sometimes even awe.

After Apollo moonwalker John Young told journalist Billy Watkins in a 1999 interview that nobody knows anything about the people who helped make those flights so successful, Watkins made it his mission to identify the unsung heroes and learn their stories.

His subjects include: Julian Scheer (NASA publicist); Sonny Morea, lead designer of the Lunar Rover; Hugh Brown, one of the few African Americans who worked on the Apollo program; JoAnn Morgan, one of the few women involved in the space program; Joan Roosa, widow of Apollo 14 astronaut Stuart Roosa; Joe Schmitt, veteran suit technician was responsible for making sure the suits were leak-proof and hooked up correctly; Joseph Laitin, who came up with the idea for the Apollo 8 astronauts to read the first ten verses of Genesis during their Christmas Eve television broadcast from the moon; and Clancy Hatelberg, the Navy diver, who plucked the first humans to walk on the moon from the Pacific Ocean after the Apollo 11 landing.

release date: Nov 28, 2017
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100 Things to See in the Night Sky: From Planets and Satellites to Meteors and Constellations, Your Guide to Stargazing
A handy field guide for the best stargazing experience whether in your own back yard, camping, or travelling—including information showing you which planets, constellations, stars, and manmade objects you can see with a telescope, or just your naked eye!

The night sky is full of amazing things to see—from shooting stars and constellations to planets and satellites—but it can be hard to tell what you’re seeing, or where to look for the best view. 100 Things to See in the Night Sky gives you a clear picture of what you can see on any given night, either using a small telescope, or just your naked eye.

Each object is presented as a separate entry, with background information on the makeup, appearance, and history of the object, along with easy-to-follow instructions on how to find it. For astronomy and space fans of all ages, this guide helps you explore the galaxy and see the stars—while keeping your feet on the ground.
release date: May 07, 2015
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Growing Up With Spaceflight- Apollo Part One
“Growing Up With Spaceflight- Project Apollo Part One” contains the true story of what it was like for an average kid to literally grow up with the American space program. The premise being that some people were close to the space program, hands-on, working daily with the hardware and the technology that made history… the rest of us had to watch it on TV. The book is the first release in a six volume series and follows the author from age nine and the tragic Apollo 1 fire that killed three NASA astronauts to age 12 and the drama of Apollo 13’s near disaster. Along the way readers who also grew up in that era will read the accounts and say, “Hey! That was me too! I did that with the Apollo models, I watched that on TV, I remember that day.” Additionally, readers who were not yet born will be able to get an up-close and personal look though the keyhole of the door of time and experience what it was really like to grow up in that exciting era. Author Wes Oleszewski is known for his detailed historical narratives published in his 16 previous books that look at shipwrecks, now he turns that focus onto the golden era of America’s space program. Those readers who seek technical details about NASA’s manned space vehicles and rockets will not be disappointed. The author has, as always, dug deeper than previous writers into NASA’s documentation and pulled out fascinating and highly obscure details of the events. Working with two editors who are, in their own right, experts in the history of spaceflight, the author managed to surprise even them with a few previously over-looked facts. Yet, although technically correct and fact-filled, the “Growing Up With Spaceflight” series is not a dry engineering account. Rather it is fun and witty read that will take the reader on a pleasure trip to a time gone-by. The author has gone to great lengths to add illustrations that are both informative and unique. As in all of his works, Wes Oleszewski has produced a book that is free of gratuitous sex and violence and he remains clear of the personal lives of the people who made the space program happen. This is a book of pleasure reading that avoids tabloid tidbits. Readers will enjoy this book and they will learn a thing or two as they do. By the time that they finish, they will be looking for Part 2. All six volumes of the “Growing Up With Spaceflight” series are completed and will be released in 2015.
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release date: Jul 26, 2018
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The High Frontier: An Easier Way

Have you ever wanted to live in space?


To see the majesty of Earth from orbit, to play in a zero-gravity wonderland, and be on the cutting edge of civilization? Such a place may be built sooner than you think. New scientific research, new technological developments, and new social trends are all combining to make settlements in space easier than ever to build.


Not long ago Al Globus, a space settlement expert and software engineering contractor at NASA Ames Research Center, made two key scientific discoveries:


  • that equatorial low earth orbit (ELEO) has vastly lower radiation than most other places in space,

  • and that humans can adapt to rotating space structures faster than many people thought possible.
  • These discoveries, combined with a fast-developing rocket industry and burgeoning financial and political support for space development, mean that humanity may be on the brink of a building boom in orbit. In a few decades space settlements could vastly improve life on Earth by developing new technologies, unlocking trillions of dollars of raw materials and energy in space, and opening up a new frontier for all humankind.

    In this fast-paced book learn how your future in space is closer than you think!


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    Advance praise for The High Frontier: An Easier Way


    "Outstanding book! A fantastic narrative and a very enjoyable read."


    - Bernard Kutter, Manager of Advanced Programs, United Launch Alliance


    "Love the book! It took me back to those heady years after Apollo when everything was possible."


    - Richard Soilleux, British Interplanetary Society

    release date: Feb 03, 2015
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    How to Build a Universe: From the Big Bang to the End of the Universe
    The universe—demystified! Using a combination of eye-catching graphics, humor, and erudite storytelling, science illustrator Ben Gilliland shows us how the cosmos came to be, from the formation of the first particles in the Big Bang to the development of the stars, galaxies, and planets, leading us up to the present . . . and into the future. Each chapter builds the story of the universe piece by piece, highlighting groundbreaking discoveries in physics from the likes of Albert Einstein, Max Planck, and Peter Higgs, with fun and enlightening sidebars throughout.
    release date: Jun 10, 2009
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    Hornet Plus Three: The Story of the Apollo 11 Recovery
    "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind...." For most Americans, that's just about all they know of Apollo 11's historic mission--the fortieth anniversary of which is this July. What few realize is how much effort went into every phase of that mission and all the ones before it. Just the recovery aspect of Apollo 11 was a monumental task involving thousands of Navy, DoD and NASA personnel. Now, for the first time, that enterprise is explored in Hornet Plus Three: The Story of the Apollo 11 Recovery.

    Hornet Plus Three follows the evolution of the planning by the Department of Defense (DoD) and NASA to achieve President John F. Kennedy's challenge to "[land] a man on the Moon and [return] him safely to Earth." To quickly recover manned spacecraft from the vast ocean, the Navy and DoD had to prepare elaborate primary and contingency plans. This book traces those plans, from the initial Mercury flights up through Apollo 11, the most complex of all recoveries. Many aspects are explored, including the USAF aircraft employed, the different Navy ships and their crews, and the rescue swimmers whose mission was to protect the astronauts after splashdown.

    Using many primary sources, such as DoD manuals and Navy directives, as well as first-hand accounts, author Bob Fish explores the details of spacecraft recovery. There is also an extensive examination of every moment that went into the USS Hornet's successful recovery of the Apollo 11 capsule, the three astronauts and the precious cargo of Moon rocks. Hornet Plus Three features:

    The various Navy and Air Force units that effected the recovery--most of whom had recently served combat tours in the Vietnam War.

    The added complications of getting President Nixon aboard ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

    Coordinating the media so that 500 million people world-wide could watch on TV as the President welcomed the astronauts back to Earth.

    The careful planning and implementation of quarantine procedures to deal with "Moon germs."

    The Primary Recovery Ship, USS Hornet, did such an extraordinary job, it was selected to recover Apollo 12 four months later.

    Personal reflections from the Navy and NASA commanders who directed the recovery effort.

    Never-before seen photographs, charts and drawings.

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