- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: PDQ Press (January 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979828899
- ISBN-13: 978-0979828898
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,566,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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NASA has the original report available in PDF format for download from their website. Indeed the first night it was available, I spent several hours reading it. Immediately I looked into obtaining a hardcopy, but there was none to be had as not even NASA did a large printing of this report for their own uses. Doing some further checking, it would have taken over $200 to have a Kinkos print out the full report in color and have it properly bound. As such, I had high hopes when I learned that this report was being made available in hard copy format by a publisher. Now that it has arrived, I've had a chance to look it over.
Well, here it is, the entire 400 page report in black and white, yes you heard me... BLACK AND WHITE. The original PDF available for download is in color. This isn't necessarily a problem concerning the text, but the report makes an extensive use of charts, graphs, maps and photographs and all of them are in color except for maybe a few diagrams. Some of the images translate well into black and white, but others do not. As such, if one really wants to understand what is shown in certain diagrams or photos, they practically have to look at both this book and the original NASA PDF file side by side.
That isn't to say this printed report can't be read on its own. It can as the text clearly spells out what is being discussed. But it has been my experience when color images are used, they are best used in reproductions to help understand more clearly the issues being conveyed as it helps avoid confusion. As a result, I am giving this report only three stars out of a possible five. This is even taking into account just how inexpensive this printed report is.
I would say the readers that will probably benefit most from this report will be researchers, historians and engineers (both practicing and student engineers). But anyone with an interest in the space program can benefit from reading this as it spells out just how clearly unforgiving spaceflight can be when something goes wrong. One should always take into account the failures as well as the successes when researching the space program.
I do hope though that any future pressings of this report, be it by this publishing company or another one (like Apogee for instance) are done in color. Yes I know it will cost more, but I believe in the case of this report it will be worth it. I don't think it would cost THAT much more to print this in color and I think sales would be better if it were in color.