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Old Oct 7 2007, 08:11 AM   #1
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Here is a photograph of a very special copy of "The White Dragon" being presented to Anne by astronaut Col. Pamela Melroy back in January 2003:

and a close-up of the book:

This is the copy which Pamela took with her on Space Shuttle mission STS-112 in October 2002. The book has been signed by all the astronauts on that mission.

I watched this book being presented to Anne and now wish I had taken a much closer look (and taken some more photographs) of the book. (I was a bit distracted at the time being presented with my own star map.)

There is another photograph of this book in Pamela Melroy's contribution to "40 Years of Pern". It appears that picture was taken before the book was signed.

Does anyone have a better picture of this book?
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Old Oct 7 2007, 11:37 AM   #2
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Great and unique pictures, Steven! Ever so nice of you to post them, especially since no regular fans (I count you and Elizabeth as special fans ) were there to witness the presentation, I think? So anything you might want to divulge in words and pictures is very welcome indeed

No, I don't have a better picture and I also haven't seen the book displayed at Anne's. I do have some colour pics that Pamela sent to Anne and of course the picture from the 40 years book in colour because Pam sent that one to me.
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Old Oct 7 2007, 02:29 PM   #3
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Thank you for posting the pics. They are great. I'm glad you were there.
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Oh! Very nice! Thank you so much for posting the pic, Steven! I enjoy seeing these wonderful little moments. (just like Hans presenting the 40 Years of Pern book at the Con!)
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Thanks for sharing these pics, they're wonderful to see!
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That is indeed a Very Special copy of The White Dragon!!
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OH WOW!!! ...Now that is a fantastic photo. Steven thanks so very much for sharing your memories and photos with all of us. I agree, what a wonderful thing to have a close up photo of all those lovely signatures. That copy of *White Dragon* should be in a space museum some where, under glass as a treasured momento of a very special space flight.
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I suspect it's on a bookshelf somewhere at Dragonhold.

There's a picture of that book floating in space on Anne's web site at http://www.annemccaffrey.net/index.p...e_id=34&gid=11 (along with some pictures taken by Alec and myself at that same occasion). (We've had the conversation about the death mask in another thread... )
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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You....Steven, those photos are lovely. I can only imagine what it would be like to meet a real astronaut, much less Col.Pamela Melroy.
In her lifetime Anne has been so priviliged to meet so many interesting, talented and creatively wonderful people. Her father would be so proud of her if he could only see her now, and all that she has accomplished during her incrediblly full life.
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Thanks Lady Maelin. Many of those talented and creatively wonderful people you mention are members of this very message board; you amongst them.

P.S. It was a pleasure meeting Col. Melroy too. She was very friendly and approachable, but at the same time amazingly knowledgable. The day was so packed with events I actually only got to talk to her for a couple of minutes. Lanen spent a lot more time with her. I think NASA pick only the best for their astronaut programme, and they train them to communicate with the public.

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Steven, I can only imagine what it would be like to meet not only a real astronaut, but Col. Melroy herself...that must have been amazing. Especially for an Astronomer like you who's life has been spent in the study of the stars that live out in SPACE!!!
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