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The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space

Hardcover, 13 x 13 in., 11 lb, 468 pages
US$ 150
Edition: English
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.

Customer reviews (33)

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., 11 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 (33)

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 05, 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 02, 2021
Most amazing book I ever bought. It is a crown jewel of my TASCHEN book collection.

Great Book

Bas Thijssen, October 29, 2021
What a nice book this is! In a beautiful box. The book cover is from shiny material. The photos and stories are amazing and showing what an amazing projects the NASA did. I really love it!


Peter, October 28, 2021
Die Bild- und Textdokumente aus dieser extrem umfangreichen Sammlung aus dem NASA-Archiv geben einen umfassenden Einblick in die Geschichte der Raumfahrt mit all ihren Höhen und Tiefen.


Sebastien, October 28, 2021
Superbe livre très bien documenté

Vers l'infini et surtout au delà

Sebastien, October 28, 2021
Du déballage à sa découverte, l'ouvrage invite à partir à la rencontre des pionniers de l'espace. Qu'elle épopée, courage et defis technologique s sont palpables à chacune des pages. Des photos d'archive fantastiques et des commentaires fascinants qui témoignent de la ténacité d'hommes et de femmes exceptionnels. Bref des étoiles plein les yeux.

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.


Efrem, October 28, 2021
One of TASCHEN's best books and one of my favourite ones in my collection.
The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space
The NASA Archives.
60 Years in Space
US$ 150
The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space