Commemorating 30 years of space shuttle exploration, this beautifully crafted photography book curates the finest NASA space shuttle images into one inspirational collection, arranged in thematic chapters ranging from launch pad through launch sequence, to the missions themselves and the dramatic conclusion of the return flight and landing. Space Shuttle (a photographic journey 1981–2011) pays tribute to the five pioneering orbiters built by NASA: Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour. It was developed by author Luke Price through exhaustive study of the NASA archives and painstaking colour correction of images, all guided by correspondence with inspirational shuttle pilots such as the late Bruce McCandless. The book tells the story of the space shuttle through extraordinary moments in a selection of NASA’s 135 shuttle missions. Beautifully reproduced 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.