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NASA now pimping commercial sales of books?
« on: 10/01/2007 04:35 PM »
Oct. 1, 2007

Michael Cabbage
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1600

Maya Gottfried
Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York
212-519-1202

RELEASE: 07-210

NEW BOOK CHRONICLES NASA'S FIRST 50 YEARS

WASHINGTON - 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.

For more about NASA, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

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Re: NASA now pimping commercial sales of books?
« Reply #1 on: 10/01/2007 04:42 PM »
NASA has always commissioned authors

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Re: NASA now pimping commercial sales of books?
« Reply #2 on: 10/01/2007 06:33 PM »
A lot of good books on spaceflight have come from the US govt printing office.

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Re: NASA now pimping commercial sales of books?
« Reply #3 on: 10/01/2007 07:33 PM »
and many are available free on-line:
http://history.nasa.gov/series95.html

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Re: NASA now pimping commercial sales of books?
« Reply #4 on: 10/01/2007 09:21 PM »
I've actually seen this book and was not knocked down by it.  They do have a lot of great photographs, but they're ones that have been used a lot before.  Very little new stuff.

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Re: NASA now pimping commercial sales of books?
« Reply #5 on: 10/03/2007 10:15 AM »
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SpaceCat - 1/10/2007  9:33 AM

and many are available free on-line:
http://history.nasa.gov/series95.html

I've been reading through those over the past year or so - there's some incredible stuff there. Only some of the pictures are missing or very low res.
John

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