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Abandoned in Place

Preserving America’s Space History

Roland Miller (author) Roger D. Launius (Foreword by)
Bob Thall (Prologue by)

ISBN: 9780826356253

Publication Date: Jan 2016

Format: Hardback

Roland Miller’s colour photographs document the NASA, air force, and army facilities across the US that once played a crucial role in the space race. The haunting images collected here impart artistic insight while preserving an important period in history.
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Stenciled on many of the deactivated facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the evocative phrase “abandoned in place” indicates the structures that have been deserted. Some structures, too solid for any known method of demolition, stand empty and unused in the wake of the early period of US space exploration. Now Roland Miller’s color photographs document the NASA, Air Force, and Army facilities across the nation that once played a crucial role in the space race.

Rapidly succumbing to the elements and demolition, most of the blockhouses, launch towers, tunnels, test stands, and control rooms featured in Abandoned in Place are located at secure military or NASA facilities with little or no public access. Some have been repurposed, but over half of the facilities photographed no longer exist. The haunting images collected here impart artistic insight while preserving an important period in history.
Illustrations 113 colour photographs, 1 map
Pages 176
Dimensions 279 x 305
Date Published 30 Jan 2016
Publisher University of New Mexico Press
Subject/s History of the Americas   Photography & photographs   Astronomy, space & time   20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000  
Roland Miller is the dean of the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts Division at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois, USA.

Roger D. Launius is the associate director for collections and curatorial affairs, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Bob Thall is a professor of photography at Columbia College, Chicago, USA. He has published many photography books, including At City's Edge: Photographs of Chicago's Lakefront.

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