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The Spaceflight Vault: A History of NASA's Manned Missions Hardcover – April 13, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Whitman Publishing (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0794830463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0794830465
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 12.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,211,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Usman A. Ghani on July 29, 2010
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The Spaceflight Vault is a marvelous journey in "space and time" that presents an elegant, read-and-feel of human space adventure. With a realistic start from Chinese rocketry, it travels to Poland, Russia, and the American experience underwriting our experimental spirit and scientific learning, albeit with many disappointments and disasters. Later parts focus on NASA and its glorious days of providing American leadership in the outer frontiers. The pioneers, designers, experimentalists, risk takers, private enterprises, public-private partnerships, and the orchestrated achievements of the 20th century are reflected in the brief yet full pages and pockets here. A key feature of this journey is that you will never get tired or exhausted of it -you feel like repeatedly undertaking it. While not quite a history book - and no single history volume could capture it all - the "Vault" is an encyclopedic view of our quest for space.

All major footprints. From early rocketry to success with guidance and control; to incremental learning about human performance in zero gravity; to the phased experiments of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo; to the moon landings; to the rise-and-fall of the Skylab; and to the space station and shuttles - this defines all these moments with cogent writing and breathtaking photographs. You may also pull out from the pockets several documents that mark the science and history of spaceflight. You get a grasp of how the various missions were defined and the commitment and focus of NASA-supplier teams delivered; as well as the not-so-visible but critical role of the control center (the total commitment and genius of Gene Kranz and Chris Kraft) in Houston.

An emotional experience. This anthology seizes emotions, expression, and empathy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sara Howard VINE VOICE on August 20, 2010
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Vault is a very apt title. I was amazed at all of our history-American history of space flight. The machines, the spacecraft, the infrastructure and so much more. I was around for part of it. I am a very rare
woman aerospace engineer on the first stage (S-IC) of the Saturn V.

This book is an in depth look for all the folks who never had the chance to find out and read about American's space program and the brave men and woman who gave their hearts and changed history forever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bennett on June 19, 2011
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Beautiful photos. Cool inserts. One of my favorite books regarding the history of spaceflight. I've chatted with Mark Mayfield on a few occasions. He's passionate when it comes to the legacy of manned space flight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn Biava on March 27, 2011
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I bought this book so my 9 year old twin boys and I could learn more about the space program before going to NASA. It has just the right amount of information and interesting pull-outs throughout the book. Great pictures also. :)
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