Moonshots and Snapshots of Project Apollo

A Rare Photographic History
Author: John Bisney,J. L. Pickering
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
ISBN: 082635260X
Category: Photography
Page: 272
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Winner of the Bronze Medal for Science in the 2016 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards In this companion volume to John Bisney and J. L. Pickering’s extraordinary book of rare photographs from the Mercury and Gemini missions, the authors now present the rest of the Golden Age of US manned space flight with a photographic history of Project Apollo. Beginning in 1967, Moonshots and Snapshots of Project Apollo chronicles the program’s twelve missions and its two follow-ons, Skylab and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. The authors draw from rarely seen NASA, industry, and news media images, taking readers to the Moon, on months-long odysseys above Earth, and finally on the first international manned space flight in 1975. The book pairs many previously unpublished images from Pickering’s unmatched collection of Cold War–era space photographs with extended captions—identifying many NASA, military, and contract workers and participants for the first time—to provide comprehensive background information about the exciting climax and conclusion of the Space Race.

Spaceshots and Snapshots of Projects Mercury and Gemini

A Rare Photographic History
Author: John Bisney,J. L. Pickering
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
ISBN: 0826352634
Category: Photography
Page: 224
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The race to space between the United States and the Soviet Union captured the popular imagination. On April 12, 1961, the USSR launched cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on a one-orbit flight, making him the first human in space. Three weeks later, American astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. flew 116 miles above Earth before splashing down in the Bahamas. Over the next twenty years astronauts emerged as national heroes. This book tells the story of the people and events of Projects Mercury and Gemini with hundreds of unpublished and rare photographs—both color and black-and-white. Unlike other publications, which illustrate the space race with well-known and easily accessible images, this history draws from the authors’ private library of over one hundred thousand (and growing) high-quality photos of the early US manned space program. Collected over a lifetime from public and private sources—including NASA archives, fellow collectors, retired NASA and news photographers, and auction houses—the images document American space missions of the Cold War era more comprehensively than ever before. Devoting a chapter to each flight, the authors also include detailed descriptions, providing new insight into one of America’s greatest triumphs.

Apollo Expeditions to the Moon

The NASA History
Author: Edgar M. Cortright
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486135578
Category: Science
Page: 336
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Official NASA publication marks the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing and features essays by project participants recalling engineering and administrative challenges. Accessible, jargon-free accounts, highlighted by numerous illustrations.

Rocket Ranch

The Nuts and Bolts of the Apollo Moon Program at Kennedy Space Center
Author: Jonathan H. Ward
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319177893
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 331
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Jonathan Ward takes the reader deep into the facilities at Kennedy Space Center to describe NASA’s first computer systems used for spacecraft and rocket checkout and explain how tests and launches proceeded. Descriptions of early operations include a harrowing account of the heroic efforts of pad workers during the Apollo 1 fire. A companion to the author’s book Countdown to a Moon Launch: Preparing Apollo for Its Historic Journey, this explores every facet of the facilities that served as the base for the Apollo/Saturn missions. Hundreds of illustrations complement the firsthand accounts of more than 70 Apollo program managers and engineers. The era of the Apollo/Saturn missions was perhaps the most exciting period in American space exploration history. Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center were buzzing with activity. Thousands of workers came to town to build the facilities and launch the missions needed to put an American on the Moon before the end of the decade. Work at KSC involved much more than just launching rockets. It was a place like none other on Earth. Technicians performed intricate operations, and hazards abounded everywhere, including lightning, fire, highly-toxic fuels, snakes, heat, explosives, LOX spills, and even plutonium. The reward for months of 7-day workweeks under intense pressure was witnessing a Saturn V at liftoff. For anyone who ever wished they had worked at Kennedy Space Center during the Apollo era, this book is the next best thing. The only thing missing is the smell of rocket fuel in the morning.

Countdown to a Moon Launch

Preparing Apollo for Its Historic Journey
Author: Jonathan H. Ward
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319177923
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 435
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Thousands of workers labored at Kennedy Space Center around the clock, seven days a week, for half a year to prepare a mission for the liftoff of Apollo 11. This is the story of what went on during those hectic six months. Countdown to a Moon Launch provides an in-depth look at the carefully choreographed workflow for an Apollo mission at KSC. Using the Apollo 11 mission as an example, readers will learn what went on day by day to transform partially completed stages and crates of parts into a ready-to-fly Saturn V. Firsthand accounts of launch pad accidents, near misses, suspected sabotage, and last-minute changes to hardware are told by more than 70 NASA employees and its contractors. A companion to Rocket Ranch, it includes many diagrams and photographs, some never before published, to illustrate all aspects of the process. NASA’s groundbreaking use of computers for testing and advanced management techniques are also covered in detail. This book will demystify the question of how NASA could build and launch Apollo missions using 1960s technology. You’ll discover that there was no magic involved – just an abundance of discipline, willpower, and creativity.

Living and Working in Space

The NASA History of Skylab
Author: William David Compton,Charles D. Benson
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486264343
Category: Science
Page: 464
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The official record of America's first space station, this book from the NASA History Series chronicles the Skylab program from its planning during the 1960s through its 1973 launch and 1979 conclusion. 1983 edition.

Moonshots

50 Years of NASA Space Exploration Seen Through Hasselblad Cameras
Author: Piers Bizony
Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)
ISBN: 0760352623
Category: Science
Page: 240
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In December 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 captured images depicting Earth hanging like a lonely fruit in the vast darkness of space. The social and spiritual shock of that photograph—and those which followed—never fully diminished, even as Apollo missions followed at an incredible pace, including the first lunar landing on July 20, 1969. Moonshots is the definitive photographic chronicle of NASA space exploration—a giant slipcased book featuring more than 200 remarkable photographs from that eventful era created almost exclusively on large-format Hasselblad cameras. Though a number of these images have been reproduced in books and magazines over the years, one attribute of this incredible collection has seldom been exploited: the sheer size and resolution of the photography. Aerospace author Piers Bizony scoured NASA’s archives of Hasselblad film frames to assemble the space fan’s ultimate must-have book—a gorgeous large-format hardcover presented in a heavy slipcase with die-cuts to represent the phases of the moon. This resulting volume extracts a stunning selection of photographs captured by astronauts using Hasselblad equipment, many of them seldom previously published, let alone in such a lavish package. The Apollo voyages form the centerpiece of this amazing collection, but equally fabulous images from precursor Gemini missions are also featured, along with later photographs chronicling Space Shuttle missions and even the construction of the International Space Station.

Voices from the Moon

Apollo Astronauts Describe Their Lunar Experiences
Author: Andrew Chaikin,Victoria Kohl
Publisher: Studio
ISBN: 9780670020782
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 201
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Provides recollections from Apollo astronauts and a collection of photographs that document the history of the Apollo space program.

Laguna Pueblo

A Photographic History
Author: Lee Marmon,A01
Publisher: UNM Press
ISBN: 0826355366
Category: Photography
Page: 224
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The distinguished American Indian photographer Lee Marmon has documented over sixty years of Laguna history: its people, customs, and cultural changes. Here more than one hundred of Marmon’s photos showcase his talents while highlighting the cohesive, adaptive, and independent character of the Laguna people. Along with Marmon’s own oral history of the tribe and his family photos dating back to 1872, Tom Corbett presents archival images and historical research, making this the most complete published history of any southwestern pueblo. Marmon and Corbett also interviewed noted tribal elders and oral historians regarding customs, religious practices, and events of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The resulting narrative provides a fascinating story of survival through severe natural and man-made adversities, including droughts, plagues, marauding tribes, and cultural invasion. Through it all, Laguna has preserved its culture and retained sovereign powers over the pueblo and its territory.

Abandoned in Place

Preserving America’s Space History
Author: Roland Miller
Publisher: UNM Press
ISBN: 0826356265
Category: Photography
Page: 176
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Stenciled on many of the deactivated facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the evocative phrase “abandoned in place” indicates the structures that have been deserted. Some structures, too solid for any known method of demolition, stand empty and unused in the wake of the early period of US space exploration. Now Roland Miller’s color photographs document the NASA, Air Force, and Army facilities across the nation that once played a crucial role in the space race. Rapidly succumbing to the elements and demolition, most of the blockhouses, launch towers, tunnels, test stands, and control rooms featured in Abandoned in Place are located at secure military or NASA facilities with little or no public access. Some have been repurposed, but over half of the facilities photographed no longer exist. The haunting images collected here impart artistic insight while preserving an important period in history.

Apollo

The Definitive Sourcebook
Author: Richard W. Orloff,David Harland
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 0387376240
Category: Science
Page: 634
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This book provides an overview of the origins of the Apollo program and descriptions of the ground facilities, launch vehicles and spacecraft that were developed in the quest to reach – and return from - the surface of the moon. It will serve as an invaluable single-volume sourcebook for space enthusiasts, space historians, journalists, and others. The text includes a comprehensive collection of tables listing facts and figures for each mission.

Rocketman

Astronaut Pete Conrad's Incredible Ride to the Moon and Beyond
Author: Nancy Conrad,Howard A. Klausner
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101099537
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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HE WAS THE THIRD MAN TO WALK ON THE MOON— BUT THE FIRST TO DANCE ON IT. HE WAS THE ROCKETMAN. For Pete Conrad, it was all about the ride. Whether he was hot-dogging at Mach 2, test-flying every supersonic jet the Navy developed (and some they shouldn’t have), orbiting the Earth at almost 20,000 mph, or redlining his Corvette, he loved pushing the envelope. Pete wasn’t the squeaky-clean astronaut poster boy. The guy every NASA pilot wanted to happy-hour with after work—and would kill to fly with—Pete had a natural outspokenness that got him washed out of the Mercury program. But the “Comeback Kid” came roaring back—flying two Gemini missions, walking on the Moon as commander of Apollo 12, commanding the first Skylab, and logging more time in space than all the original astronauts combined. This is a surprisingly candid insider’s view of the greatest ride in history: America’s glorious race to the stars, as seen through the eyes of a real space cowboy.

Norman Mailer. MoonFire

The Epic Journey of Apollo 11
Author: Norman Mailer
Publisher: Evergreen
ISBN: 9783836556224
Category: Photography
Page: 624
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And the moon came nearer: Journey back to July 20, 1969 It has been called thesingle most historic event of the 20th century OnJuly 20, 1969, after a decade of tests and training, supported by a staff of 400,000 engineers and scientists, and with a budget of billions, the most powerful rocket ever launched brought Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon.Nobodycaptured the men, the mood, and the machinery like Norman Mailer, hired byLIFEmagazine to cover the mission in a dazzling reportage he later enhanced into the brilliantly crafted book, Of a Fire on the Moon.Rediscover this epoch-making event with TASCHEN s adaptation of Mailer s account, now in our popular Reader's Edition so you can reallycurl up and travel not just back in time, but into outer space. The text is accompanied byhundreds of photographsfrom theNASA vaults, thearchives ofLIFE, and other leading magazines of the day, documenting the development of the agency and the mission, life inside the command module and on the moon s surface, as well as the world s jubilant reaction to the landing.Captions by leading Apollo 11 expertsexplain the history and science behind the images, citing the mission log, publications of the day, and postflight astronaut interviews, while an evocative introduction byColum McCanncelebrates Mailer s incomparable skill at transforming the science of space...the weight of history...the breadth of mythology into prose. About the Series: Bibliotheca Universalis Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe at an unbeatable, democratic price!Since we started our work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, the name TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing.Bibliotheca Universalisbrings together nearly 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new format so you can curate your own affordable library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia.Bookworm s delight never bore, always excite! "

Milestones of Space

Eleven Iconic Objects from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Author: James E. David,David H. DeVorkin,Hunter Hollins,Thomas Lassman,Roger D. Launius,Stuart W. Leslie
Publisher: Zenith Press
ISBN: 1627882030
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 176
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DIVA beautifully illustrated history of the exploration of space through the most iconic objects from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum./divDIV /divDIVThroughout the whole of human history, across all of Earth’s cultures and landscapes, countless individuals have gazed with wonder in the same direction: upwards. Getting to space was no easy task, and our curiosity with the surrounding universe has long been a source of earthly pride and competition. At the bottom of this international technological rivalry, though, lies one unifying purpose, which is to understand the impossibly vast heavens. In Milestones of Space, Michael Neufeld and select curators of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum present a gorgeous photographic celebration of some of the most groundbreaking artifacts that played key parts in giving humanity its first steps into the cosmos. Focusing on the most iconic objects and technology—such as Friendship 7,the Lunar Module 2, Neil Armstrong’s Lunar Suit, the Hubble Space Telescope, and Space Shuttle Discovery—this book extensively profiles eleven of the NASM’s most important breakthroughs in space technology. The NASM curators feature each object in incredible detail with compelling timelines, sidebars and captions, and over 150 archival images that provide new and little-known insights into their development and historical context. We are still a long way from grasping our universe . . . but for now, Milestones of Space magnificently commemorates the individuals and inventions that have taken us this far./div

A passion for Mars

intrepid explorers of the Red Planet
Author: Andrew Chaikin
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN: N.A
Category: Science
Page: 279
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Based on extensive interviews and filled with 150 compelling images, a look at the human fascination with the Red Planet focuses on a group of Earthbound explorers who pioneered efforts to uncover the truth about Mars, including astronomer Carl Sagan, rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, author Ray Bradbury, biologist Jerry Soffen, and others.

Apollo

Through the Eyes of the Astronauts
Author: Robert Jacobs
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN: 9780810921467
Category: Science
Page: 132
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Apollo 7 -- Apollo 8 -- Apollo 9 -- Apollo 10 -- Apollo 11 -- Apollo 12 -- Apollo 13 -- Apollo 14 -- Apollo 15 -- Apollo 16 -- Apollo 17.

Apollo 12 - On the Ocean of Storms


Author: David M. Harland
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781441976079
Category: Science
Page: 522
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In July 1969 the ‘amiable strangers’ that made up the crew of the historic Apollo 11 flight successfully achieved the first manned lunar landing. Several months later, three close friends set off on an even more challenging mission. Free of the burden of making history, the Apollo 12 astronauts were determined to really enjoy their experience while taking care of business. This is the story of their mission, told largely in their own words. Their exploits and accomplishments showed how conservative the inaugural mission had been. With its two moonwalks, deployment of the first geophysical station on the Moon, and geological sampling, Apollo 12 did what many had hoped would be achieved by the first men to land on the Moon. The Apollo 12 mission also spectacularly demonstrated the precision landing capability required for success in future lunar surface explorations. In addition to official documents, published prior to and after the mission, APOLLO 12 – ON THE OCEAN OF STORMS draws on the flight transcript and post-mission debriefing to recreate the drama.

Earth and Space

Photographs from the Archives of NASA
Author: Nirmala Nataraj
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 1452146055
Category: Photography
Page: 176
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Take a tour of the universe with this breathtaking collection of photographs from the archives of NASA. Astonishing images of Earth from above, the phenomena of our solar system, and the celestial bodies of deep space will captivate readers and photography lovers with an interest in science, astronomy, and the great beyond. Each extraordinary photograph from the legendary space agency is paired with explanatory text that contextualizes its place in the cosmic ballet of planets, stars, dust, and matter—from Earth's limb to solar flares, the Jellyfish Nebula to Pandora's Cluster. Featuring a preface by Bill Nye, this engaging ebook offers up-close views of our remarkable cosmos, and sparks wonder at the marvels of Earth and space.

Infinite Worlds

The People and Places of Space Exploration
Author: Michael Soluri
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476738327
Category: Photography
Page: 352
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A collection of photos and essays celebrate the people and places involved in American space exploration, including astronauts, technicians, administrators, engineers and ground crews at NASA flight centers in Maryland, Texas and Florida. 25,000 first printing.

The Right Stuff


Author: Tom Wolfe
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781429961325
Category: History
Page: 448
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From "America's nerviest journalist" (Newsweek)--a breath-taking epic, a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into the true heroism and courage of the first Americans to conquer space. "Tom Wolfe at his very best" (The New York Times Book Review) Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure; namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves - in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner life of the astronauts, that Tom Wolfe describes with his almost uncanny empathetic powers, that made The Right Stuff a classic.