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The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space

Hardcover, 13 x 13 in., 12.78 lb, 468 pages
US$ 150
Edition: English
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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.

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60 Years in Space with NASA

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
Hardcover, 13 x 13 in., 12.78 lb, 468 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.

Customer reviews (12)


Sebastien, October 28, 2021
Superbe livre très bien documenté

An essential wonder for lovers of space and photography

Jordi Ferrera, October 28, 2021
Honestly, I did not expect to find this marvel, magnificent work at all levels, content and editing.
A large book in all its aspects, format and weight included.


Giorgio, October 27, 2021
This Nasa archives 60 years TASCHEN book is wonderful and perfect printed. It seems to be in space looking at this wonderful large Photo.
Excellent shippment.

NASA -Archiv

Christian, October 27, 2021
Schade, dass ich nicht live dabei sein konnte, nur aus Erzählungen meiner Eltern kann ich nachvollziehen, was sie gefühlt haben müssen, aber das Buch lässt mich erahnen wie es seinerzeit gewesen sein muss!

Great representation of NASA's history

Charlie, October 27, 2021
Really interesting look at the history of NASA.

Das NASA Archiv. 60 Jahre im All

FT, October 27, 2021
Sehr schönes Buch für alle, die Interesse an der Raumfahrt haben.

Ein Muss für jeden Raumfahrt-Begeisterten

Jens, October 27, 2021
Nicht nur die Bilder sind beeindruckend in Auswahl und Qualität, sondern auch die Begleittexte. Hier hat sich der TASCHEN Verlag selbst übertroffen. Der gewaltige Bildband liegt bei mir im Wohnzimmer und wurde bislang von jedem Gast in die Hände genommen! Oftmals wird im Anschluss über nichts anderes mehr gesprochen als die Raumfahrt. Stark!

It will leave you in awe

Jose Carvalho, October 27, 2021
After more than 30 years buying Taschen books, I should be used to the quality of their editions, the care they're put together, and the quality of their contents. Yet, this one left an impression beyond all others. It covers a subject of wonder, which sets the perfect scenery to impressive pictures and fantastic back stories from an extraordinary institution that generated some of the highest achievements of human ingenuity. I truly recommend this book to any curious mind out there.

Outstanding Book

Max, October 27, 2021
Both quality and content if the book are superb! A must-have for every aerospace enthusiast.

Rocket power

Hans-Henrik, October 27, 2021
Out of this world! Excellent history of NASA.
The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space
The NASA Archives.
60 Years in Space
US$ 150
The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space