"Wings In Orbit" Details Shuttle History By Those Who Made It Happen

HOUSTON -- As NASA's space shuttle fleet nears retirement, the agency
is preparing to release a comprehensive account of the program that
managed the spacecraft and the dedicated people who made its
accomplishments possible.

The 500-plus-page book, "Wings in Orbit" is available for
pre-publication sale. The book describes the scientific, engineering
and cultural contributions of the space shuttle through text,
photographs and graphics, written or selected by those who worked in
the shuttle program.

"Not only is this book informative and beautifully done, it captures
the passion of those who devoted their energies to the more than
three decades of the shuttle program," said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA
associate administrator for Space Operations. "It recognizes and
celebrates what NASA has accomplished using the shuttle system."

Former shuttle program manager Wayne Hale was the book's executive
editor. The book features a wide range of contributors, including the
first space shuttle crew and many former flight directors, engineers
and program managers.

The book is slated for release in March. To order the book during the
pre-publication sale through Dec. 31, visit:


For more information about the space shuttle era, visit:


Source: NASA

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