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America in Space : NASA's First Fifty Years
by Robert Jacobs and Bertram Ulrich and Steven Dick

Overview - The story of America's space age is told with more than 400 carefully selected images, beginning with the 1950s test pilots and venturing ever faster and higher into the now-legendary missions that made astronauts into national heroes.  Read more...

 
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The story of America's space age is told with more than 400 carefully selected images, beginning with the 1950s test pilots and venturing ever faster and higher into the now-legendary missions that made astronauts into national heroes.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810993730
  • ISBN-10: 0810993732
  • Publisher: ABRAMS
  • Publish Date: October 2007
  • Page Count: 352

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 49.
  • Review Date: 2007-09-17
  • Reviewer: Staff

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 1 capsule. 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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As seen from space

One of the captions in America in Space: NASA's First Fifty Years, tells readers that "Photography was not a priority for NASA in the beginning," so while becoming the first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn snapped photos using a camera he'd picked up in a drug store. That approach didn't last, as the astronauts began using Hasselblad cameras during their flights. The improved equipment, combined with an effort to document history in the making, accounts for the stunning photographs in this coffee table book treatment of America's forays into space. Among the stunning images are an inverted space shuttle "parked" in orbit; NASA's second group of astronauts (the New Nine) in Lawrence of Arabia-inspired gear during desert survival training; the Mercury 7 in shiny suits of aluminized nylon; Apollo 13 astronauts Jack Swigert and Fred Haise holding an improvised scrubber while stuck in space; the interior of a Gemini capsule through a fish-eye lens; and Challenger exploding soon after launch. While the text of this book is informative, the photos speak volumes.

 
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