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To Reach the High Frontier: A History of U.S. Launch Vehicles
"A valuable contribution to the field of aerospace literature," this book includes an extensive overview of Delta history and development along with chapters on Atlas, Titan, Scout, Space Shuttle, and much more.
Many other excellent books about spaceflight are recommended here.
History of the Delta Launch Vehicle
Current Delta News
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01-Jul-11 | Mission round-up
In lieu of immediate Delta II action—the next launch will occur no earlier than September—here is a round-up of news about current missions that began with successful Delta II launches.
MESSENGER (Delta 307) attained orbit around Mercury in March 2011, and so far its science return has been spectacular. Co-Investigator Scott Murchie of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) will be awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal at a ceremony later this month. (MESSENGER Mission News, 22 June 2011)
And finally, one piece of Delta-related news: NASA is considering purchase of one or more of the five remaining Delta II vehicles for use of future missions, according to Space News. The loss of two NASA spacecraft to failures of the Taurus XL vehicle is a factor in the move. No word on how negotiations with United Launch Alliance are proceeding.