By John Lester - images & text © 2008
This slim volume, latest in a group covering individual Space Shuttle missions, covers the final (?) servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope from initial planning stages to Atlantis' return to Earth.
The book is divided into 20 "chapters":
The book does not try to be a comprehensive look at either the Shuttle or Hubble. Rather, it's a fairly detailed look at one shuttle mission. Most chapters are prefaced by a page or two of explanatory text, followed by lots of photos with detailed captions (the exceptions being the early sections outlining the program and equipment). The text is clear, concise and easy to follow - by know the authors have a number of books under their belt and they're good at this.
The pictures ....
The pictures are what make this book worth every penny. The book is filled with every conceivable shot - from the NASA propaganda stills to the rarely seen technical details. Want to know what the “top” of the SRB/ET stack looks like without the Orbiter in the way? It's there. Did Cutting Edge get the color of the thermal tiles underneath the Orbiter right when they printed their decals? Yes - if anything, they're not grey enough. Hubble is seen in it's original configuration straight through to its latest, during assembly, loading and in space. Especially noteworthy is the variety - and number - of images of the Shuttle interior, the astronauts' space suits, the payload bay and robotic arm.
As with every other Specialty Press title I've read, this book is a treasure trove of information. If you have any interest at all in the subject matter it is well worth picking up.
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