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New Book Chronicles NASA's First 50 Years
New Book Chronicles NASA's First 50 Years
1 Oct 2007
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WASHINGTON - As the world remembers the 50th anniversaries of the Space Age in 2007 and NASA in 2008, the historic legacy of the agency is captured in a new and lavishly illustrated book published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, and available October 4.

Titled America in Space, the book is a photographic record of the greatest adventures in the history of exploration and documents NASA's many achievements during the past five decades in aeronautics, science and technology, and human spaceflight.

"This book has a wonderful collection of imagery that chronicles the first half-century of NASA," said Shana Dale, NASA deputy administrator, Headquarters, Washington. "As we view the historic achievement of our first generation of space explorers and see how far we have come in 50 years, we also peer over the horizon to a new era of exploration that will provide us with an outpost on the moon and eventually human exploration of Mars."

Almost 500 stunning color and black-and-white photographs, including many never published before, were culled from NASA's archives. The images tell the agency's story, from the drama of lift-off, to tension in mission control, to the humor and humanity portrayed in the faces of astronauts, scientists, engineers, and political leaders associated with the program during the past five decades.

"Abrams is tremendously proud to have collaborated with NASA to create America in Space, which celebrates some of our nation's greatest achievements and is also a milestone in photographic publishing," said Eric Himmel, Abrams vice president and editor-in-chief. "It was thrilling to see these amazing images materialize from NASA's vast visual archives as the project took shape."

Published in cooperation with NASA, the book features a foreword by Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, with contributions from Steven Dick, NASA chief historian; Bob Jacobs, deputy assistant administrator for Public Affairs; Constance Moore, NASA lead photo researcher; Anthony M. Springer, lead, communications and education, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate; and Bertram Ulrich, NASA curator and multimedia manager.

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