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The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space

150Edition: EnglishAvailability: July 19, 2024
Prepare to embark on a journey through space and time with The NASA Archives, a visual celebration of humankind’s unstoppable urge to travel away from Earth to worlds beyond. Featuring more than 400 historic photographs and rare concept renderings, this collection guides us through NASA’s 60-year history, from its earliest days to its current development of new space systems for the future.
Hardcover13.0 x 13.0 in.12.13 lb468 pages
“We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing we discovered was the Earth.”
Bill Anders, Apollo 8 astronaut
“The book is exquisite—a tour-de-force and an important chronicle, not to mention a beautiful arts piece.”
Dr. John Grunsfeld
“Even dedicated space enthusiasts may be startled by what they see on these pages… The documentary photography on display here is tangible, gorgeous, startling, almost overwhelming. It simply leaves no room for disbelief.”
American Scientist

“This beautiful book will inspire the astronaut in all of us.”

Los Angeles Times
XL books are at least 34 cm (13.4 in.) high, with the exception of landscape-format titles
The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space

The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space


To Infinity and Beyond

Journey through the U.S. space program’s fascinating pictorial history

On October 1, 1958, the world’s first civilian space agency opened for business as an emergency response to the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik a year earlier. Within a decade, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, universally known as NASA, had evolved from modest research teams experimenting with small converted rockets into one of the greatest technological and managerial enterprises ever known, capable of sending people to the Moon aboard gigantic rockets and of dispatching robot explorers to Venus, Mars, and worlds far beyond. In spite of occasional, tragic setbacks in NASA’s history, the Apollo lunar landing project remains a byword for American ingenuity; the winged space shuttles spearheaded the International Space Station and a dazzling array of astronomical satellites and robotic landers, and Earth observation programs have transformed our understanding of the cosmos and our home world’s fragile place within it.

Throughout NASA’s 60-year history, images have played a central role. Who today is not familiar with the Hubble Space Telescope’s mesmerizing views of the universe or the pin-sharp panoramas of Mars from NASA’s surface rovers? And who could forget the photographs of the first men walking on the Moon?

Researched with the collaboration of NASA, this collection gathers more than 400 historic photographs and rare concept renderings, scanned and remastered using the latest technology and reproduced in extra-large size. Texts by science and technology journalist Piers Bizony, former NASA chief historian Roger Launius, and best-selling Apollo historian Andrew Chaikin—and an extensive mission checklist documenting the key human and robotic missions—round out this comprehensive exploration of NASA, from its earliest days to its current development of new space systems for the future.

The NASA Archives is more than just a fascinating pictorial history of the U.S. space program. It is also a profound meditation on why we choose to explore space and how we will carry on this grandest of all adventures in the years to come.
The editor and author

Piers Bizony is a science and technology writer. His publications include Atom, The Man Who Ran the Moon, Starman, and The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The contributing authors

Andrew Chaikin is the author of the best-selling book A Man on the Moon, a detailed account of the Apollo lunar missions based on firsthand testimony. This work formed the basis for the triple Emmy award–winning HBO series From the Earth to the Moon.

Dr. Roger Launius served as Chief Historian at NASA from 1990 until 2002, after which he was appointed senior curator in the Space History Division of the National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C. He was also a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board in 2003.

The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space
Hardcover33 x 33 cm5.50 kg468 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-6950-7

Edition: English
The multilingual editions come with the English book and a booklet with either French or German translations.
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37 Ratings


Tim P.,March 28, 2024
I have a collection of books, including both "Apollo Remastered" and "Full Moon", but this collection is unsurpassed; it is partly in the duration of its history, and partly the presentation of the images. Only an aficionado of Russian rocketry could be less than entirely delighted...

Monster of a book

Zoltan,November 11, 2021
Pictures are absolutely gorgeous. Text informative. One of the best things I have ever purchased. Highest recommendation.

A collector's piece

Fabio,November 10, 2021
This big volume is precious in contents and will sit proudly on your coffee table for study or display.


Denise,November 5, 2021
This book offers a journey through NASA's 60-year history. The perfect marriage between fascinating pictures and well-written texts allow a full immersive experience in NASA space programs spanning from its earliest days to its current commitments. Space exploration is a great adventure that has just begun and has a universe to discover.


Vladimír,November 2, 2021
Most amazing book I ever bought. It is a crown jewel of my TASCHEN book collection.