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Virgin Galactic to document quest for space journey

Aug. 11, 2014, Toronto - Virgin Galactic and Abu Dhabi’s aabar Investments PJS have announced a partnership with global book publisher DK to create seven exclusive titles over the next two years.


August 11, 2014
By Carey Fredericks

The first book under the agreement, Virgin Galactic: The Ultimate
Experience, will be published in October 2014 as Virgin Galactic moves
toward the launch of commercial spaceflight.

Capturing the
wonder and possibility of space, the books are designed to narrate
Virgin Galactic’s story of building the world’s first spaceline and the
journey of spaceflight through beautiful storytelling and photography.
The flagship book, Virgin Galactic: The Ultimate Experience, will
publish in October 2014 and inspire excitement surrounding the build-up
to Virgin Galactic’s inaugural commercial spaceflight. This
fully-illustrated family reference book will take an exclusive look at
the revolutionary spacecraft and take readers through each step of the
journey planned for Virgin Galactic astronauts.

Critically-acclaimed
and bestselling publishers DK share Virgin Galactic’s vision to capture
the story of modern human spaceflight. The books aim to draw young
people in particular into the excitement surrounding the democratization
of space and Virgin Galactic’s commitment to inspire and enable young
people to pursue STEM- (Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Mathematics) based education and careers. The books explore the
importance of better access to space to the future of humanity, along
with the enterprising personalities and the visionary entrepreneurism
that commercial spaceflight represents.

“DK is thrilled to be
working on this historic project,” said Simon Beecroft, DK’s Director of
Licensed Publishing, who brokered the agreement. “We know that the
appetite for information about our universe, space and Virgin Galactic’s
historic mission will appeal to readers of all ages. Our range of books
will give readers unprecedented access to this ground-breaking
initiative in the inimitable DK style.”

“Human space flight has a
universal capability to inspire and educate. Through Virgin Galactic’s
partnership with DK, we can creatively bring this powerful experience
to life and to a global audience with an emphasis on beautiful images
and one-of-a-kind storytelling,” said Virgin Galactic CEO George
Whitesides.

Other titles planned for 2014 include, Make Your
Own: Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, and Ultimate Sticker Collection:
Virgin Galactic. Four more titles are planned for release in 2015.