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Space Shuttle Operator's Manual, Revised Edition Paperback – August 12, 1988


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Welcome Aboard!

You are about to embark on a spectacular adventure, blazing a trail for future space travel in the world's greatest flying machine.

Prepare for lift-off using the step-by-step instructions for launch and ascent. Soar into the sky consulting the authentic gatefold reproduction of the Shuttle's instrument panel. Operate the remote manipulator arm, the space telescope, and the data relay satellite as you communicate with ground control. Chart your space flight using the authentic fold-out orbital map. Hurtle back through the Earth's atmosphere to land the aircraft gently like a glider.

Congratulations! We hope your mission is rewarding and fascinating!

Sincerely,

Directorate for Crew Training


Written for the layperson by curators at the National Air and Space Museum, with colorful illustrations throughout, THE SPACE SHUTTLE OPERATOR'S MANUAL takes the reader through all the motions of an actual mission -- from preparation to takeoff to orbit to re-entry.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Revised edition (August 12, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345341813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345341815
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sharp black & white photographs and beautiful clear illustrations.
Michael Hahn
He was issued this book as a reference tool, and I remember looking through it at about 9 years old with total amazement.
Noshkanok
I would highly recommend this book to other Space Shuttle Enthusiast!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Morgan on June 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
If you're part of the increasing number of teachers who are involved in space science education, this book is a great candidate for use as a basic text. It consolidates all the information you need to teach about the space shuttle and is particularly useful if your school is involved in space shuttle simulations -- an idea whose time has come. It's amazing how many schools use this book as part of their space science simulation program. You'll find the lift-off scipt, glossary, and detailed diagrams very useful.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1999
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Recommended reading for space cadets of all ages. Study up! The information packed in this manual will come in handy for those nerve-racking mission simulations at Space Camp/Space Academy.
Especially good are the pull-out schematics of the orbiter's control panels.
And the diagram of the improved field joint on the SRBs is helpful in understanding the Challenger accident. Although it would be more helpful if they also showed the original joint construction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "orca07" on November 3, 2003
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This is the best book on how to live, work, and live in space. It tells you all about the buttons, the menus, the toilets, the suits, etc. It even has like 7 pages for the launch with the dialogues and everything starting at T-minus 5 hours to T+plus 48 minutes. It has the same for landing, too. It tells you what's inside the shuttle, and where the stuff is located. It even describes certain space missions like Spacelab, and more! If you want to study space shuttles and become an astronaut, this book is a must! I love it! I can't stop putting it down!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kendal B. Hunter on February 4, 2003
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This book is the best overview and reference manual on the shuttle. As you can see from the "Look Inside" function, and by the index, it covers the whole nine yards. It focuses specifically on the orbiter, and covers all aspects of shuttle missions from launch to landing.
As an aspiring sci-fi writer, I found this book to be the perfect reference. It has raw statistics, such as orbiter length, cargo bay volume, and it even goes over the meals and menus and how they are prepared. It also goes in to the history of the orbiters, and the names of the ever shrinking shuttle fleet.
Several sections deal with the now-defunct Spacelab modules. The Spacelab was the shuttle equivalent of a camper shell that sat in the cargo bay. It turned the shuttle into a mini space-station, and had several interchangeable modules. One section was a pressurized module with a battery of experiments, which was connected to the shuttle cockpit. Other sections included a multi-use pallet, and an experimental pallet. This Spacelab was retired in 1997, and has been replaced by the Spacehab modules, which was on the Columbia when it broke-up over Texas.
This book is written in the normal "Basic English" of instruction manuals, and can be understood by elementary school children. It also has many diagrams and pictures, which save many thousands of words of descriptions.
By the way, this book does explain how the space lavatory. In case you are curious, it is a normal commode with vacuum suction, although I have heard stories that it can smell at times.
This book's one weakness is that it is a bit impersonal. If you want to know about the emotions and reactions to life in spaces, another book may be better, such as Tom Wolfe's "The Right Stuff," of Homer Hickam's "Back to the Moon.".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 1998
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The Space Shuttle Operators Manual shows how the occupants aboard the Space Shuttle live and work from lift-off to main gear touch down. The manual even gives maps and fold out displays with the Shuttle panels printed on it. It also tell what to do during an emergancy ex...fire in capsule. This book has made me look at the Space Shuttle Program differently and I hope to pursue my dream of becoming Commander of the Space Shuttle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noshkanok on December 24, 2012
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My stepdad was a Navy fighter pilot in the 70's and 80's, and was selected for astronaut candidacy. He was issued this book as a reference tool, and I remember looking through it at about 9 years old with total amazement. 20 years later it was lost in several moves, so I found it here and promptly ordered it. Very comprehensive information on all aspects of STS missions. Now in late 2012 it's obviously obsolete, but it's still a fascinating look into one of mankinds greatest achievements. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gman992 on November 27, 2011
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If you are into space and gadgets this book is for you...a really great insight into America's space program and what it is really like to be an astronaut on the space shuttle...too bad it reminds everyone of a past that we will never see again...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Robertson on January 16, 2012
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The material in the book is what any shuttle fan would like to read about, but the paper and the quality of the printing isn't the best. I use my book as an autograph collection book that I get shuttle astronauts to autograph.
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