New York, NY: Smithsonian Books, Collins [an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers], 2006. First Smithsonian Books edition [stated]. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. Glued binding. Paper over boards. xiv, 369,  pages. Illustrations (some in color). Inscribed by the author on title page. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Thomas David Jones (born January 22, 1955) is a former United States astronaut. He was selected to the astronaut corps in 1990 and completed four space shuttle flights before retiring in 2001. He flew on STS-59 and STS-68 in 1994, STS-80 in 1996 and STS-98 in 2001. His total mission time was 53 days 48 minutes. He works as a planetary scientist, space operations consultant, astronaut speaker, and author. From 1983 to 1988 Jones worked toward a Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in Tucson. His research interests included the remote sensing of asteroids, meteorite spectroscopy, and applications of space resources. Jones performed advanced program planning for NASA's Solar System Exploration Division, investigating future robotic missions to Mars, asteroids, and the outer solar system.
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Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 1994. Hardcover. x, , 190,  pages. Notes. Bibliography. Index. The author was a professor at Indiana University Southeast. The author examines the Kennedy administration's rhetoric to understand why Project Apollo received so little opposition. The administration's rhetoric "sold" the space project as a great frontier adventure story. By describing space as the New Frontier, the Kennedy administration shaped the way Americans interpreted and gave meaning to space exploration. The frontier narrative established a presumption in favor of massive commitments of the nation's resources to staffed space flight. The continuing influence of the frontier mythology is perhaps nowhere more evident than in the decision to develop the space shuttle program. Ultimately, the shuttle's attraction may have been the symbolic importance of the fact that the astronauts flew the craft as a plane, thereby reaffirming the rugged individualism and daring of the frontier myth.
Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2005. First Printing [Stated]. Trade paperback. xii, 247,  pages. Some graphics at start of chapters. List of Abbreviations. Notes. Index. The author is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University. Most observers would point to the 1969 Apollo moon landing as the single greatest accomplishment of NASA, yet prominent scientists, engineers, and public officials were questioning the purpose of the U.S. space program, even at the height of its national popularity. Defining NASA looks at the turbulent history of the space agency and the political controversies behind its funding. W. D. Kay examines the agency's activities and behavior by taking into account not only the political climate, but also the changes in how public officials conceptualize space policy. He explores what policymakers envisioned when they created the agency in 1958, why support for the Apollo program was so strong in the 1960s only to fade away in such a relatively short period of time, what caused NASA and the space program to languish throughout most of the 1970s only to reemerge in the 1980s, and, finally, what role the agency plays today.
Washington DC: Ethics and Public Policy Center, 2010. Presumed First Edition, First printing thus. Trade paperback. 135,  pages. Illustrations. The New Atlantis, founded in 2003, is a quarterly journal about the social, ethical, political, and policy dimensions of modern science and technology. The journal’s name is taken from Francis Bacon’s novella New Atlantis, which its editors describe as a story "of a society living with the benefits and challenges of advanced science and technology." An editorial in the inaugural issue states that the aim of the Journal is "to help us avoid the extremes of euphoria and despair that new technologies too often arouse; and to help us judge when mobilizing our technological prowess is sensible or necessary, and when the preservation of things that count requires limiting the kinds of technological power that would lessen, cheapen, or ultimately destroy us." Writing for National Review, editor Adam Keiper described The New Atlantis as being written from a "particularly American and conservative way of thinking about both the blessings and the burdens of modern science and technology."
Kennedy Space Center, FL: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, 2005. Presumed First Edition, First printing thus. Wraps. 8 pages counting covers. Format is 4.25 inches by 5.5 inches. Illustrations (some with color). Rare commercial ephemera connecting toys and astronauts. This has questions (with answers), outlines that can be colored in, a word search game, and store purchase coupon. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is the visitor center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It features exhibits and displays, historic spacecraft and memorabilia, IMAX theaters, and a range of bus tours of the spaceport. "Space Shuttle Atlantis" is home to the real Space Shuttle Atlantis orbiter and the Shuttle Launch Experience, a simulated ride into space. Until recently, the center now provides astronaut training experiences, including a multi-axial chair and Mars Base simulator. The visitor complex also has daily presentations from a veteran NASA astronaut. A bus tour, included with admission, encompasses the separate Apollo/Saturn V Center. There were 1.7 million visitors to the visitor complex in 2016.
New York City: Gallery Books, 1988. Revised Edition [stated] Presumed first printing. Hardcover. 256 pages. Illustrations (most in color). Index. Format is approximately 11 .75 inches by 11 inches. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Robin Kerrod, a Fellow of Britain's Royal Astronomical Society, writes extensively on astronomy and space, and travels the world to visit observatories and space centers. Among his previous books are Book of Constellations and The Sky at Night. He is a former winner of a COPUS (Committee on the Public Understanding of Science) Science Book Prize, he was a major contributor to the DK Science Encyclopedia.
New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1993. First Printing. 104, illus., index, title page partly detached, large ink "8" ins fr bd, library stamps inside rear flyleaf crossed out in marker DJ in plastic sleeve, library stickers on DJ and plastic sleeve (some crossed out in marker), library stamp on fore-edge. Book for young readers.
New York: Pantheon Books, 2004. First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. , 392 pages. Illustrations. References Notes. Index. The author has written that "I began my career as a journalist in California, where I won awards for feature, commentary and investigative writing. I have written journalism and essays consistently since then and have also published two books, Lost in Space and The Emissary. In the past few years, I’ve taken my journalism and essayist work in a new direction through organizational ‘impact’ writing: positioning ideas, projects, research and people in the public eye through writing. To date, I’ve done impact writing for the London School of Economics and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and this is an area of work I’m keen to develop further.