This impressive collection is arranged in thematic chapters ranging from launch pad through the launch sequence, to the missions
themselves and the dramatic conclusion of the return flight. It pays tribute to the five extraordinary orbiters built by NASA:
Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour, telling their story through extraordinary images from the greatest
of NASA's 135 shuttle missions. Beautifully post-processed photographs capture the drama and danger of the hazardous launch
sequences and vividly depict the techniques and challenges of mission tasks including space walks, in-flight maintenance work,
and docking with the International Space Station. The book also collates the details of every space shuttle mission flown,
including launch dates and lists of crew, alongside a gallery of the 135 exquisitely designed mission patches.