By Michael J. Neufeld, Curators of the National Air and Space Museum, Martin J. Collins
A superbly illustrated heritage of the exploration of area during the such a lot iconic items from the Smithsonian nationwide Air and area Museum. in the course of the entire of human heritage, throughout all of Earth's cultures and landscapes, numerous contributors have gazed up on the stars with ask yourself and awe. attending to house was once no effortless job, and our interest with the encircling universe has lengthy been a resource of earthly delight and festival. on the backside of this overseas know-how pushed competition lies one unifying function, that is to appreciate the impossibly massive heavens. In Milestones of Space, Michael Neufeld and choose curators of the Smithsonian nationwide Air and area Museum current a beautiful photographic party of a few of the main groundbreaking artifacts that performed key components in giving humanity its first steps into the cosmos. concentrating on the main iconic gadgets and know-how - akin to Friendship 7,the Lunar Module 2, Neil Armstrong's Lunar go well with, the Hubble area Telescope, and house commute Discovery - this booklet broadly profiles 11 of the NASM's most crucial breakthroughs in house expertise. The NASM curators function each one item in excellent aspect with compelling timelines, sidebars and captions, and over one hundred fifty archival photographs that supply new and little-known insights into their improvement and old context. we're nonetheless some distance from greedy our universe . . . yet for now, Milestones of Space magnificently commemorates the contributors and innovations that experience taken us this far.
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