This book tells the story of the people and events of Projects Mercury and Gemini with hundreds of unpublished and rare photographs-both colour and black-and-white.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 U.S. 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.
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 1497 g
Dimensions: 305 x 152 x 23 mm
"Together, [Spaceshots and Snapshots of Projects Mercury and Gemini and Moonshots and Snapshots of Project Apollo] are a treat for any space buff and, for the true believers, a reminder that even greater journeys may lie just ahead."--American Scientist
"[Bisney and Pickering] have collected an impressive selection of photographs. The book's massive assortment . . . does a wonderful job of illustrating the culture and experience of the space race."--mentalfloss.com
"In resurrecting many obscure photos the authors have provided a valuable, and highly desirable, compendium of outstanding pictures from an age when each flight saw the release of perhaps fewer than one-hundred stock shots."--Spaceflight
"The visual narrative employed by the authors reminds us not only of the sublimity of astronaut photography, but also the thousands of people who made spaceflight possible."--Quest
"From a space enthusiast's perspective, Pickering's book feeds an interest in the 'not-so-common' NASA image that everyone has seen before."--The Pantagraph
"An enjoyable book, offering a different look at familiar missions."--The Space Review
"The value of this collection is enhanced many times over by the exhaustive research that has gone into providing informative and accurate captions for each picture."--The Observatory
"A wonderful collection of rarely seen photographs that true space buffs will enjoy. The captions are worth their weight in space-fact gold." --Richard W. Orloff, coauthor of Apollo: The Definitive Sourcebook
"If you think you've seen every cool photo from the pioneering days of NASA, think again! J. L. Pickering and John Bisney have combed the archives . . . to create an extraordinary visual record that will delight and surprise even the most hard-core space enthusiast."-- Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts
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