And now we get to re-live it all over again. To mark the space agency’s 60th anniversary, on February 27 Taschen will publish The NASA Archives.
Researched in collaboration with NASA, the book provides an insight into the satellites, landers and observation programmes that have transformed our view of space.
More than 400 historic photographs capture NASA’s 60-year history: from its 1958 beginnings and decade-long evolution into the operation that put the first man on the moon, to its present-day pioneering developments.
Edited by science and technology journalist Piers Bizony, with contributions from former NASA chief historian Roger Launius and Apollo historian Andrew Chaikin, the NASA Archives also includes a mission checklist documenting key human and robotic missions.
Its beautiful, hardcover production and striking layouts bring to life the people and machines behind some of the greatest discoveries of the past century.
The book’s launch comes five months ahead of July’s 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 mission and, with China beginning 2019 by successfully landing rover Yutu 2 on the unexplored far side of the moon, the world’s fascination with space exploration remains ever topical.
The NASA Archives is published by Taschen on February 27 and costs £100; taschen.com