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Spaceshots & Snapshots of Projects Mercury & Gemini

A Rare Photographic History

John Bisney (author) J.L. Pickering (author)

ISBN: 9780826352613

Publication Date: Jul 2015

Format: Hardback

The race to space between the US and the Soviet Union captured the popular imagination. This book tells the story of the people and events of Projects Mercury and Gemini with hundreds of unpublished and rare photographs. Unlike other publications, which illustrate the space race with well-known and easily accessible images, this history draws from the authors’ private library of over one hundred thousand high-quality photos of the early US manned-space programme.
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The race to space between the United States and the Soviet Union captured the popular imagination. On April 12, 1961, the USSR launched cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on a one-orbit flight, making him the first human in space. Three weeks later, American astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. flew 116 miles above Earth before splashing down in the Bahamas. Over the next twenty years astronauts emerged as national heroes.

This book tells the story of the people and events of Projects Mercury and Gemini with hundreds of unpublished and rare photographs—both colour and black-and-white. Unlike other publications, which illustrate the space race with well-known and easily accessible images, this history draws from the authors’ private library of over one hundred thousand (and growing) high-quality photos of the early U.S. manned-space program.

Collected over a lifetime from public and private sources—including NASA archives, fellow 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, the authors also include detailed descriptions, providing new insight into one of America’s greatest triumphs.
Illustrations 689 color plates
Pages 224
Dimensions 305 x 152
Date Published 30 Jul 2015
Publisher University of New Mexico Press
Subject/s Aerospace & aviation technology   Photography & photographs   The natural world, country life & pets   Space science   Astronomy, space & time  
John Bisney is a former correspondent who covered the space program for more than thirty years for CNN, the Discovery Channel, and SiriusXM Radio, among other news outlets. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.

J. L. Pickering lives in Bloomington, Illinois, USA. He is a space-flight historian who has been archiving rare space images and historic artefacts for some forty years.

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