Space Shuttle Diaries
Exhilaration, fear, surprise, and fun: spaceflight, according to the astronauts.
- By The Editors of Air&Space Magazine
- Air & Space magazine, May 2002
Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years
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There's only so much you can fit in even a 320-page book. So here is a short but helpful (we hope) list of additional reading and viewing for Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years:
Bios for each of the astronauts who contributed stories can be found on NASA's official biography page. The agency also keeps a list of astronauts who've flown on the shuttle in Acrobat (PDF) format, although it may not be completely up to date.
The mother lode of information about the shuttle is NASA's Human Spaceflight website, which includes everything from photographs to historical reference material to digital sound files of the crew's wake-up calls in orbit.
An excellent and detailed technical reference for shuttle orbiter systems can be found at the Shuttlepresskit site run by the companies that build and launch the vehicles. You can download the PDF document as individual chapters, or as a single mammoth 20 megabyte file.
Want to read more about the payloads carried on STS-58 or need to know the exact landing weight of STS-27? Go to NASA's shuttle mission index, which has exhaustive information for every mission flown to date. Includes links to pictures, sounds, pre-launch press kits, and more.