Fifty years ago, America was in the midst of a historic quest to land a man on the Moon. Our 39th Quarterly Release, the “Three Missions” Edition, celebrates the space programs that got us there with three graph paper notebooks for your space-flight planning and three assemble-yourself space capsule models too!
Each 3-Pack consists of three Memo Books, one each for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs. These notebooks are full of facts and figures. The covers feature dramatic photographs of iconic moments from those missions, printed in full process color, plus “Orbital Silver” metallic ink and an aqueous coating. The insides are Finch Opaque 60#T white graph paper with the rules printed in an extremely light “Firmament Gray” ink. Those pages will be helpful in planning a summer picnic, or calculating optimal orbital trajectories and eccentricities.
Additionally, you’ll notice these 3-Packs come in a slightly larger package than usual. That’s because each set also contains three “Punch-Out and Assemble” Mission-Specific Crew Capsule Models – for fun and education.
Need some help assembling the capsules? Check our overly-wordy instructions (Download).
Now keep in mind that these models will not survive reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, probably won’t float after splashdown and are unlikely to earn you a ticker-tape parade. They have, however, been tested in outer space and returned safely to Earth. Really:
We hope you enjoy this edition as much as we, here at Field Notes Mission Control, enjoyed making them. As we researched these books, we were constantly and dramatically reminded of the truly monumental achievements of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo scientists, support and crew members. Our thanks goes out to them, and also the current staff at NASA and the JPL. Let’s go back to the moon – and beyond!
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