NASA & the exploration of space: with works from the NASA art collection
Developed with NASA and the National Air and Space Museum to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of NASA and John Glenn's return to space on the Space Shuttle Columbia, this never-before-published collection of images, accompanied by a brilliant new text, chronicles the history of the United States space program.
-- The art is from a collection originally commissioned by NASA beginning in 1963, and includes works by such diverse American artists as Norman Rockwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Paul Calle, Jamie Wyeth, and Robert McCall, who illustrated every aspect of space exploration from launches and landings, rockets and engines to orbiting spacecraft and NASA facilities, astronaut portraits, and visions of the future.
-- To accompany these works, NASA's Chief Historian, Dr. Roger Launius, provides a lively historical account of man's quest into space with a clear and highly informative behind-the-scenes look at the development of modern rocketry, the birth of NASA, the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs, the ongoing space-shuttle program, the plans for a permanent space station, the most recent space-probe discoveries, and NASA's ambitious plans for the new millennium.
-- Included are fascinating, original sidebar narratives from some of American's most famous astronauts: Robert Crippen, who, with John Young, flew the first space-shuttle orbiter, Columbia; Kathy Thornton, who performed a historic EVA during the 1993 Hubble servicing mission; and Captain James Lovell of the famous Apollo 13 mission.
-- NASA personnel provide their own unique perspectives on NASA operations, including mission control, recovery systems, space-shuttle assembly and transport, andmore.
-- A concise Appendix and a complete Index detail key NASA missions and NASA facilities.
-- Bridging both technological and artistic achievement, this remarkable celebration of NASA's fortieth anniversary will convey to current and future generations the excitement a
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