Unique behind-the-scenes look @ NASA's Shuttle retirement & replacement Orion + unmanned rockets & science equipment like Mars Rover Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on June 4, 2012.
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NASA is alive despite what you hear in the news!!! Journey Behind-the-Scenes of NASA with Professional Photographic Artist and Photojournalist Chris Haber as you see NASA as you've never seen it before.
Please consider donating past the minimum goal, there is much more which can be done past developing and printing the first print run at our minimum goal. Due to Kickstarter's all-or-nothing policy, if we do not reach 100% of the goal we will receive nothing. As such, the set goal is the bare minimum, and funding past the minimum goal will help cement the project by producing eBook editions, producing the print book in hard cover rather than soft, traveling to other areas of the country to photograph their NASA facility activities, producing a larger first print run to lower the book price and more.ALL MONEY RAISED GOES TO THE BOOK. The more we raise, the better the book will be. Don't be shy, the rewards only get better and better at the higher donation levels, & our tier 6 & up contributors will even be listed in the book's opening acknowledgements if you choose. With donations of any amount accepted, any help is much appreciated including spreading the word and passing on the link on Facebook, etc.
The book "After the Shuttle: An Artist's Inside View of Post-Shuttle NASA" (working title), by photographic artist Chris Haber will take you on a tour behind-the-scenes of America's space program. It will take the reader through a concise historical documentation of the recent activity of the NASA agency including the retirement of the National Space Transportation System known as the Space Shuttle, development of the Orion Program replacing the shuttle and NASA's new game changing Commercial Crew Development Program, dispelling myths perpetuated in the media that NASA is dead because of the shuttle retirement while teaching the history and science basics relevant to the full page artwork.
The introduction will also take the reader through a politically-neutral timeline of events surrounding the shuttle's retirement as well as the cancellation of the Constellation Program which was scheduled to replace it along with Constellation's Replacement, the Orion/SLS system which is currently well into development, as are many of the Commercial Crew companies' vehicles.
After the introduction chapter we get into what this book really is: beautiful photographic art of rarely seen places and things! It is being produced as a softbound coffee-table style art book with accompanying narrative of relevant facts and background, however hard cover binding will depend on funding level. It is currently in a mix of pre-production and production with book publisher Terra Sancta Press of Viera FL. The publisher is a real book publisher, NOT a vanity/self-publisher and the book is NOT speculative, or being done "on spec". THIS BOOK IS MADE IN AMERICA EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. A very high quality printer has been chosen. The goal is to have the book printed by mid November to be available as gift under the tree.
The technical editor assigned to me by the publisher is none other than Edward von Koenigseck, who has 41 years experience in technical publications including contribution to a technical manual on NASA's Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) which saved the Apollo 13 crew.
The photos will cover the decommissioning of the Shuttle, current unmanned science missions, developmental tests & more! - everything happening at NASA that I can afford to travel out to shoot. Images will be accompanied by educational text regarding the science, history, and usage of the subject matter contained in the image. The gorgeous imagery and easy to understand text make this a perfect gift for kids of all ages and current & future astronauts and engineers, and the goal is to have the book printed by mid November to be available for that.
Though acronyms will be explained repeatedly as they are used, the rear of the book will include a separate, more complete section of NASA, science and technology acronyms commonly used in the space program which the reader can use as a reference at any time.
Below are low resolution samples from the book. These are rough, not formatted for the book yet by the publisher or gone over by the editor. These are posted only to give you an idea of the writing direction.
The book will be made additionally available through download of the widely popular eBook format for Kindle, Google Android, and Apple formats using appropriate digital rights management, as well as any other economically viable delivery methods. On all electronic formats, links should be clickable to give the reader instant access to acronyms, definitions and links.
"After the Shuttle" will, space allowing, also include a rear appendix of various NASA, science and launch schedule links readers can find and participate in future launches, as well as official NASA education and pic-of-the-day sites, science, news sites, and insider documents like the shuttle's reference manual for reporters filled with 500+ pages of technical schematics & drawings as well as instructions on how to sign up for NASA science updates from each individual center as well as a list of useful Facebook and Twitter accounts to follow to keep the reader up-to-date on our space program. All links will be clickable in all eBook formats.
Intellectual property and copyright issues are no concern, as the author, Chris Haber, is the self-employed photographer of all images and holds all pertinent copyrights. Any images with readily identifiable people have signed, unlimited image releases which are on file.
Numerous space shops online and locally have expressed great interest in carrying the book as soon as it comes out, and talks are already underway with an upcoming traveling space camp, run by 17 year veteran astronaut trainer, to include this book in in the student package.
The combination of unique art and education as well as the paper and downloadable formats, will set this historically important work into a uniquely wide potential customer base, ranging from school libraries and space memorabilia collectors, to those wanting to learn about NASA from scratch, those only interested in beautiful images for their coffee tables and even children. Depending on production budget availability, foreign language editions may even be produced.
Samples of some of the images which will be used in the book can be viewed online at www.ChrisHaber.com in the top portion of the SPACE gallery. Please also LIKE our Facebook page Chris Haber Photography http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Haber-Photography/126322097409341 and follow us on Twitter @ChrisHaber_com https://twitter.com/#!/ChrisHaber_com
For obvious reasons the bulk of the images used in the book will not be released publicly in the NASA gallery of www.ChrisHaber.com until roughly 3-9 months after the book is released. $5 & up contributors will receive a private link to a gallery containing all the images used in both the book and the web site for choosing their reward. Special requests for rewards may be considered upon request.
UPDATE: All donors not receiving a signed copy of the book will now receive a digital file of the book cover digitally signed in 8x10 format ready to print in addition to their other rewards, this upgrade was made after donors of this level existed and Kickstarter would not allow changes to the text of those contribution tiers.
Existing relationships between the book publisher and several news organizations such as Florida Today and USA Today will likely ensure review and widespread publicity. Similarly, the existing working relationship between Chris Haber and Brevard Party Scene Magazine, which he photographs all their centerfolds, will insure a review as well as advertising space.
The book will be marketed to school libraries & book stores, major retailers (both brick & mortar and online), space memorabilia shops (both brick & mortar and online), smaller locally owned and operated retailers, museum gift shops, US military bases around the world, book of the month clubs, news stands, wholesale outlets and more. We also believe the community of aircraft/airplane, pilots and flight aficionados and collectors are a viable market outlet. If a budget were to exist for a publicist, additional publicity opportunities would open exponentially. There are also countless opportunities within space specific web sites, blogs and reviews.
If contributions well exceeded beyond this point, this work may also include a data or video DVD using video shot by Chris Haber blended with his narrated images using a Ken Burns effect. Depending on the format, existing relationships between the producers and PBS, American Public Television, and others like it will potentially open the audience to a national television reach.
- First Print Run $3389 (250 copies) / $3740 (500 copies) / $4116 (750 copies) / $4500 (1000 copies)
- Shipment of books from printer $120-$200
- Register Copyright $76
- Library Of Congress Registration Number $0 + copy of book
- ISBN & EAN Bookland numbers issued by publisher & creation of the bar codes + inserting into book cover $100
- $125 (est.) to print off computer and send hard copy to book printer and purchase thumb drive and send in PDF format (requirement of the book printer).
- Contingency for changes after book is sent to printer $300
- 5% Kickstarter Fees
- 5% Kickstarter (Amazon) credit card processing fees
- Materials, Prints, Shipping and processing awards to donors & copies to book reviewers at numerous magazines, newspapers, and web sites. Book publisher estimates an average of 50 books to be given away to various contributors outside of this site as well as national & local magazines & newspapers for book reviews, of which many pre-existing relationships lend towards guaranteeing that the book will be reviewed.
- The minimum funding goal listed is for the minimum print run of 250 copies of paperback. Additional funding over the minimum goal will first be used to create hard cover, then purchase a larger print run.
- Construction of sound activated camera trigger to leave remote camera on launch pad
- Remaining funds will be held for contingency until the books have been printed and all rewards have shipped.
- Budget permitting, various expenses associated with continuing to travel and photograph the on-going activities at various NASA facilities throughout the country
- Additional monies remaining will be used on advertisement and promotion expenses as well as for conversion of the book into an eBook in IOS, Kindle, Nook, and Android formats. Once this is completed, depending on production budget availability, foreign language editions may be produced in both paper and electronic formats.
- Carbonite or similar online backup possibly with redundantly backed up physical drives cross shipped out of state in the event of catastrophic failure.
- Various contest entry fees, budget permitting
- Book release event with donors invited as VIPs, budget permitting
This is open for discussion, let me know the amount you are considering pledging and what you have in mind as a reward.
Some of the images which will be used in the book can be viewed online at http://www.chrishaber.com/ in the top portion of the SPACE gallery.The majority will not be released publicly so they may be seen for the first time when the book releases. A small number of book page samples containing text with the pictures will posted here on the project page over the course of the countdown to our June 4 expiration. Approximately 3-9 months after the book is released the images will appear on ChrisHaber.com for the general public. The time frame will vary depending on the eBook launch.
Contributors receiving art prints will be emailed a link to the full gallery of images used in the book so they may choose their reward, or they may choose other images located on the web site.
No. Contributors at the levels which lists your name in the opening acknowledgements will have the option to opt out of that reward. Anyone may also choose a a lower incentive reward tier or no reward at all if they wish
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