Did you know that this past April 12, 2021 marked the 40th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch? That was the shuttle named Columbia.
I can’t believe it’s been forty years already. I actually remember watching the launch on television. My whole family was glued to the TV to watch history in the making. It’s amazing how much I can remember of that day, even thought it was decades ago.
Do you remember the launch of the very first space shuttle? Do you remember any of the launches? I’m sure many people remember the tragic one (Challenger) where seven people lost their lives (1986). That was one horrific to watch. I still can’t “un-see” what I saw on television that disastrous day.
There is a new book that is now available that provides readers with a history of the shuttle program, how it came to be, and what it took to bring it all to life.
The book is called NASA Space Shuttle: 40th Anniversary. It’s the authoritative history of the iconic space program.
Here is some additional information about this amazing book.
NASA Space Shuttle: 40th Anniversary traces the shuttle’s development, the missions, astronauts, ground personnel and infrastructure, and the amazing accomplishments the program’s spacecraft: Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour. Essays by former NASA chief historian Roger Launius are accompanied by a collection of incredible Shuttle photography and imagery mined from the depths of NASA’s archives by aerospace historian Piers Bizony—all of it presented in large-format color.
From the very first launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, to mission control in Houston, Texas, to the landing site at Edwards Air Force Base, all aspects of Shuttle operation are covered, including key roles in efforts such as the Hubble Telescope and International Space Station, as well as the tragedies of Challenger and Columbia disasters. Every carefully chosen image in NASA Space Shuttle: 40th Anniversary tells an aspect of the Shuttle story. The resulting book is not only a unique view of a key chapter of NASA history—it’s a compelling and unprecedented look at the missions, equipment, and astronauts.
I was sent a copy of this book to review. It’s overflowing with detailed information about the Space Shuttle program. To be honest, I haven’t finished reading it yet. I’m slowly making my way through the book, page by page. I’ve been captivated by all the photos. The first few times I looked through this book, I was primarily looking at the photos. This book is jam packed with stunning photos and images – images that most people never had the opportunity to see. There are a lot of “behind the scenes” images, as well as the images that we, us ordinary folk, had the opportunity to see.
From what I’ve read thus far, this book is fascinating. I don’t think you have to be a fan of the space program to appreciate this in-depth book. If you have ever thought about being an astronaut, or you’ve ever found yourself looking into the night sky with wonderment, then you’ll definitely appreciate this book.
I think the author (Bizony) really put his heart and soul into the making of this book. I think that any question you might have had about he space shuttle program, the space shuttles, and the people who took flight in them, will be answered in this book. I don’t think he left any “rock un-turned.” This book very comprehensive book from cover to cover.
This book would make the perfect gift for the space lover in your life. This book is geared towards adults, not children. There is a lot of “tech talk” inside the book that younger children wouldn’t understand. However, young children who are interested in space will love the full color images found within the pages of this book.
I have seen this book for sale on the various book sites such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in case you would like to learn more about this book, or make a purchase.
Do you remember any of the space shuttles? Which one do you remember the most? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.
*I received a free copy of this book in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions express are my own and not influenced in any way.