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Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Apogee Books, 2001. Presumed First Edition, First printing thus. Trade paperback. 464 pages with CD in rear pocket. Illustrations (some in color). Diagrams. Maps. The Space Shuttle was a partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as part of the Space Shuttle program. Its official program name was Space Transportation System (STS), taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development. The first of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights beginning in 1982. Five complete Shuttle systems were built and used on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Operational missions launched numerous satellites, interplanetary probes, and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST); conducted science experiments in orbit; and participated in construction and servicing of the International Space Station. The Shuttle fleet's total mission time was 1322 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes and 23 seconds.
New York: St. Martin's Press, 1959. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. xvii, , 197,  pages. Illustrated endpapers. Illustrations. Glossary. Index. DJ is missing part of spine and is in pieces and has wear, soiling, tears, and chips. Ted Gordon was a Douglas Aircraft engineer who fired the American missile 130 that was the first to penetrate outer space. Mr. Scheer, who had covered the fledgling space program as a newspaper reporter, joined NASA in 1962 as a consultant and was named assistant administrator for public affairs in 1963. Working closely with James E. Webb, the second head of the agency but the most influential of NASA administrators, he built an information program that embraced the news media and fed their appetite for news about space. The result was a steady flow of generally positive public attention during the risky and expensive drive to land a man on the Moon, making public heroes of the early astronauts. After the lunar landing, Mr. Scheer was awarded NASA's highest recognition, the Distinguished Service Medal.
Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press, 1997. First Printing. 270, notes, index, top or bottom edges of a few pages stuck together at margin, library stamps crossed out in marker, DJ in plastic library stickers on DJ or plastic sleeve partially removed or crossed out in marker, slight wear to DJ edges. The author details NASA's mishaps with plutonium-fueled missions to dates, and its unrealistic calculations about the probability of a major accident.
New York: Random House, 1970. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. Quarto. , 147,  pages. Profusely illustrated. Appendix. Index. Some wear to DJ edges. A Landmark Giant book for young readers. Gene Gurney earned a B.S. in military science from the University of Maryland, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Government Administration from George Washington University and from Pacific Western University. Gene served in the Air Force for 30 years as command pilot with Strategic Air Command, author of military books and public information officer. His military career included arresting a German spy after WWII. He was awarded two Legion of Merit awards and two Bronze Stars. He retired in 1973 as Lieutenant Colonel. Gene started his next career at NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He retired in 2005 after 30 years of service. Gene served his country over 60 years. He managed to publish 59 non-fiction books under Gene Gurney on various subjects such as military and aviation history.