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America in Space: Nasa's First Fifty Years

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NASA launches a yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary in the fall of 2007, and Abrams is privileged to publish this visual history of its many achievements in manned and unmanned space travel. Written and edited by a team of experienced NASA staffers, and illustrated with many unpublished and rare photographs from the voluminous NASA archives scattered across the country, America in Space offers an unparalleled vision of half a century ...
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Overview

NASA launches a yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary in the fall of 2007, and Abrams is privileged to publish this visual history of its many achievements in manned and unmanned space travel. Written and edited by a team of experienced NASA staffers, and illustrated with many unpublished and rare photographs from the voluminous NASA archives scattered across the country, America in Space offers an unparalleled vision of half a century of exploration and discovery.

The story of America's space age is told with more than 400 carefully selected images. The story begins in the 1950s with intrepid test pilots venturing ever faster and higher, and opens out into the now-legendary Mercury and Apollo missions of the 1960s that made astronauts into national heroes. The space shuttle era shows us what everyday space travel might look like, while grand vistas of the universe expand our sense of wonder. The large format of the book captures both the human drama and the vast scale of NASA's projects. America in Space is a photographic record of the greatest adventure of our time.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The most memorable photographs from America's recent explorations of space have been taken by the Hubble space telescope and the Huygens mission to Saturn. But as the editors of this lavishly illustrated coffee-table volume demonstrate, in the early years of the space program, the camera's blinking eye captured human beings. Dick, NASA's chief historian, and his NASA colleagues offer images of the crew-cut young hot rods of the Mercury and Gemini programs before they became household names, along with a young test pilot named Neil Armstrong in 1956 operating a simulator of the X-15 hypersonic aircraft. Photographs capture the grandeur of the mammoth Saturn rockets blasting off, as well as the tragedy of the fire-charred Apollo 1capsule. NASA's engineers and technicians receive their due, shown putting equipment and astronauts through their paces. In the post-Apollo years, the almost forgotten Skylab is memorialized, as well as missions to build the International Space Station and the space shuttle program. The book concludes with pictures of the outer reaches of the solar system and stunning vistas light-years away. NASA staff have annotated the photographs with informative miniessays documenting the history of the agency and its mission. Space buffs and their children will thrill to these photos. (Oct.)

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Library Journal

Galvanized by the October 4, 1957, Soviet launch of Sputnik, the U.S. government formed a civilian agency to oversee the exploration of space. Dick, NASA's chief historian, and his team searched the NASA archives to find the most extraordinary photos that document the agency's story from its start in October 1958 to the present. Aside from the photo captions, the book has little text. The volume is large (38 x 29 centimeters), which helps illustrate the vastness of space. The pictures are mesmerizing, especially the ones that show the extreme clarity of spacecraft in orbit. Arranged chronologically, the book documents the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs and features photos from the Skylab and space shuttle eras as well. NASA's history includes enormous successes and tragic failures, events this work faithfully records. The human element is covered, too, and the astronauts' smiling faces will be familiar to those who grew up with NASA. Despite a few flaws-the captions often appear several pages before the pictures they describe, and a couple of minor editing errors slipped past the copyeditors-this is recommended for all libraries. [For other lavishly illustrated volumes commemorating 50 years of space exploration, see also After Sputnik: 50 Years of the Space Age, Xpress Reviews, 5/1/07, and Giles Sparrow's Space Flight: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Shuttle-and Beyond, Xpress Reviews, 5/29/07.-Ed.]
—Jeffrey Beall

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810993730
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 551,932
  • Product dimensions: 11.12 (w) x 14.62 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

America in Space is the work of many people. The main contributors to the project are Steven Dick, NASA Chief Historian; Robert Jacobs, NASA Media Services Director; Constance Moore, NASA Visual Information Specialist; and Bertram Ulrich, Curator, NASA Art Program. Astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first human to set foot on the moon. The lunar crater, Armstrong, located near the Apollo 11 landing site, was named in his honor.
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