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Picturing Apollo 11 Rare Views and Undiscovered Moments

Book Description

Picturing Apollo 11 is an unprecedented photographic history of the space mission that defined an era. Through a wealth of unpublicized and recently discovered images, this book presents new and rarely-seen views of the people, places, and events involved in the pioneering first moon landing of July 20, 1969.

No other book has showcased as many never-before-seen photos connected with Apollo 11, or as many photos covering the activities from months before to years after the mission. Starting with the extensive preparations, these images show astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin training for the flight, as well as the stages of the massive Saturn V rocket arriving at the Kennedy Space Center for assembly. They capture the media frenzy over the unfolding story and the "moon fever" that gripped the nation.

Also featured here are shots of incredible moments from the mission. In these images, spectators flock to Cape Canaveral to watch the mighty Saturn V launch in a cloud of fire and thunder. Armstrong and Aldrin step out of the lunar module Eagle onto the surface of the moon. The command module Columbia splashes down in the Pacific Ocean, and the extraordinary voyage is celebrated around the world, and in the following decades.

Most of the photographs were selected from NASA archives and the collection of J. L. Pickering, which is the world's largest private collection of U.S. human space flight images. The accompanying text by veteran space correspondent John Bisney details the scenes, revealing the astonishing scale and scope of activities that went into planning and executing the first moon landing. This book commemorates the historic mission and evokes the electric atmosphere of the time.

Reviews

 "A visual feast. We're right alongside Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins and Buzz Aldrin through the months of training, the incredible journey to the moon, and the hero's welcome that greeted their return. Pickering and Bisney have produced a precious chronicle of a time that will never come again." -- Andrew Chaiken, author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts  


"Focused almost exclusively on the three astronauts of Apollo 11, this profusely illustrated book recounts the adventure of the first Moon landing."―Roger D. Launius, former associate director of collections and curatorial affairs, National Air and Space Museum 


"Apollo 11 was humanity's greatest achievement. Pickering and Bisney have collected some of the best images of little-known events from the lead-up to humankind's first steps on another world."―Jason Rhian, senior editor, SpaceFlight Insider

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President John F Kennedy JFK Rare Photos Space Race Apollo Program Space Program Moon

The Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy

Book Description

 This engaging and unprecedented work captures the compelling story of President Kennedy's role in shaping the United States space program, set against the Cold War with the Soviet Union. The stunning collection of photographs, documents and artifacts illustrates Kennedy's close association with the race to space during his storied time in office. 

In addition to the exhaustive research and rare photographs, many unpublished, the authors have also included excerpts from Kennedy's speeches, news conferences, and once-secret White House recordings to provide the reader with more context through the president's own words. While Kennedy did not live to see the fruition of many of the endeavors he supported, his legacy lives on in many ways--many of which are captured in this important work.

Forward by Dr. Christopher C. Kraft Jr.

Reviews

"The Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy gives readers an in-depth look at President Kennedy's involvement in the beginning stages of the gargantuan effort to reach the Moon--before the Russians. The combination of rare photographs and insight Bisney and Pickering lend to the story gives a unique context to the politics and events of the era."--Roland Miller, author of Abandoned in Place: Preserving America's Space History     



"...plenty of new images about familiar events, from Kennedy's 1962 speech at Rice University--part of a trip that also included stops in Huntsville, Cape Canaveral, and the McDonnell plant in St. Louis--as well as lesser-known events, like a trip to New Mexico and Nevada in 1962 to review efforts to develop nuclear engines for space applications." -- Jeff Foust, The Space Review 

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Spaceshots and Snapshots of Projects Mercury & Gemini

Book Description

This is the story of the people and events of Projects Mercury and Gemini, told through hundreds of unpublished and rare color and black-and-white photographs. Unlike other publications, which have illustrated the Space Race with well-known and easily accessible images, this history draws from the authors' private library of more than 125,000 high-resolution photos of the first two U.S. manned space programs from 1961 to 1966. 

Collected over a lifetime from public and private sources--including NASA archives, fellow photo 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 for the first time, the authors also include richly-detailed captions, providing new insight into one of America's greatest triumphs.

Foreword by Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, USAF (Ret.).

Reviews

 “[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


“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


“An enjoyable book, offering a different look at familiar missions.”—The Space Review


“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

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Moonshots & Snapshots of Project Apollo

Book Description

 In this companion volume to their extraordinary book of rare photographs from the Mercury and Gemini missions, John Bisney and J. L. Pickering 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 again 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.

Reviews

 “These ‘Moonshots and Snapshots’ provide a new perspective on NASA’s Project Apollo. . . . Bisney and Pickering don’t just focus on the iconic images that we all recognize; instead, they opened their lens to the machinery behind the missions (computers and other hardware), the astronauts’ pranks, and the rank-and-file NASA workers who made it all happen.”―Modern Notion Daily


“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


“J. L. Pickering and John Bisney have done it again! . . . Moonshots and Snapshots of Project Apollo comes with SpaceFlight Insider’s highest recommendation. It is an excellent follow-on to Spaceshots and Snapshots of Projects Mercury and Gemini: A Rare Photographic History as well as an exceptional addition to any space enthusiast’s library.”―SpaceFlight Insider


“Pairs many previously unpublished images from Pickering’s collection with captions that identify many NASA, military, and contract workers.”—Quest


“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


“John Bisney and J. L. Pickering have assembled 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 of photojournalists who covered the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab missions 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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