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NASA Space Shuttle Manual: An Insight into the Design, Construction and Operation of the NASA Space Shuttle Hardcover – Apr 18 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Press; First edition (April 18 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760340765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760340769
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"More than 250 photographs and technical illustrations complement the authoritative text, giving insight into this marvel of space-age technology."

"This volume is definitely a “must have” for anybody interested in the Shuttle program or seriously building a model of one of these legendary machines. Outstanding!"

"While the Shuttles will no-doubt end up in museums, you will never see them in their complete settings ever again and titles like this will be very useful in looking back into the history and higher-level details of this unique spacecraft. This is a nicely written title with great photography that will interest space enthusiasts as well as modelers who are looking for some good views in and around the Space Shuttle. Definitely recommended!"

"With modern imagery and text reflective of the program’s long history, [NASA Space Shuttle Owners' Workshop Manual] encapsulates all of the accomplishments that the vehicle’s design allowed to become a reality...well worth the price."

About the Author

David Baker joined the U.S. space program during the Apollo years and later worked on the development of NASA’s Space Shuttle. He has written widely on the spaceflight technology and is the editor of Aviation News.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Best Shuttle book in years !!! April 10 2011
By alberchico - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is simply incredible.All aspects of space shuttle operations are detailed in this highly illustrated book. All major components, systems, mission scenarios and living accommodations are described. Those who have the Apollo 11 book will know the level of detail that is included in this book. Only the STS Shuttle book by Jenkins has more technical detail. Highly Recommended !!!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good Shuttle Overview with Excellent Pictures April 25 2011
By Nohr F. Tillman - Published on
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Very nicely assembled overview of the Shuttle program with lots of facts and figures. It's written in such a manner that anyone could learn the various complex systems of the shuttle, yet offers plenty enough for the technical mind to chew on. By far, this is one of the best color collections of pictures of the Shuttle, Launch Vehicle and surrounding launch complex that I have seen to date.

As with the Haynes Saturn V/Apollo manual, it encompasses the program from top to bottom, nicely touching on everything. Also, as with the other manual, there are so many details not included that just can't all be stuffed into one book that would fit on a bookshelf. It is not a disappointing lack of information at all, though.

The only missing, which I really enjoyed in the Saturn V/Apollo manual, is line-art drawings of the control panels. There are many nice pictures of the interior of the Shuttle, but the line-art is just cleaner to look at from a technical aspect. Perhaps the author couldn't include any because of the different configurations the control panels have had over the various iterations of Shuttle cockpits. It also could be an impossibility since the latest generation glass-panel cockpit is color-screen driven and re-configurable during flight!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I can't stop looking at it July 12 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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There's something here for both hard-core geeks and mildly interested afficianados. In one section, you learn about the history of the program, and see all the early concepts of the shuttle. Not a technical explanation, sure -- but very interesting nonetheless. If you're not geeked out by that, never fear -- turn the page and you get an in-depth explanation on how the main engines work. Particularly interesting to me was the breakdown of the countdown to launch. Learn each phase of the launch and what happens as things progress towards liftoff. Plus to top it all off, you get hundreds of pretty pictures of all the internal workings of the shuttle. The program is almost over -- if you're reading this, just buy the book, you won't regret it.

P.S. It's hardcover! I didn't notice that until I received it, what a great surprise!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
If you are a fascinated by space and engineering, this is for you Oct. 20 2011
By P. Shelley - Published on
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If you are fascinated by space and engineering, this book is for you. The insider information on the space shuttle design, the program and explanations of the challenges encountered, make this book hard to put down. Sometimes I became so fascinated by what I was reading I wanted more detail than the book offered, but there is still a wealth of knowledge and it is written well. The graphics are not sufficiently detailed or of poor quality in some cases. Overall a wonderful addition to the library.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A decent guide to the history of the shuttle, but not much more March 12 2012
By R. Sullivan - Published on
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I bought this book in the hopes it would `tear apart' the space shuttle in terms of it many different components and the basics of how they all work. I wanted to see all the little technical details and acronyms. I expected something along the lines of a Star Trek Technical Manual or even an auto repair manual with all the components ripped apart.

Unfortunately, the majority of the book is history, with brief technical sections sprinkled throughout the book. Not that this is a bad thing, as the information contained within is a great read. I was simply hoping for more technical stuff. Engineering type stuff. You know, Haynes Manual type stuff.