Subtitle The Illustrations That Sold the Missions, Expanded Collector's Edition
Description Description In this expanded collector’s edition of The Art of NASA, complete with a paper model Lunar Module and a poster, explore over 200 stunning artworks commissioned by NASA to sell its missions.
Formed in 1958, NASA has long maintained a department of visual artists to depict the concepts and technologies created in humankind’s quest to explore the final frontier. Culled from a carefully chosen reserve of approximately 3,000 files deep in the NASA archives, the 200+ awe-inspiring illustrations presented in this special boxed edition are complemented by:
32 pages of new material
A paper model of the Lunar Module
A rolled poster
A sheet of four postcards
A new foreword by astronaut Tom Jones
From space suits to capsules, from landing modules to the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and more recent concepts for space planes, The Art of NASA
presents 60 years of American space exploration
in an unprecedented fashion. All the landmark early missions are represented in detail—Gemini, Mercury, Apollo
—as are post-Space Race accomplishments, like the mission to Mars
and other deep-space explorations.
The insightful text relates the wonderful stories associated with the art
. For instance, the incredibly rare early Apollo illustrations show how Apollo might
have looked if the landing module had never been developed. Black-and-white Gemini drawings illustrate how the massive NASA art department did its stuff with ink pen and rubdown Letraset textures. Cross-sections of the Apollo–Soyuz Test Project docking adapter reveal Russian sensitivity about US “male” probes “penetrating” their spacecraft, thus the androgynous “adapter” now used universally in space. International Space Station cutaways show how huge
the original plan was, but also what was retained.
Every picture in The Art of NASA
tells a special story. This collection of the rarest of the rare is not only a unique view of NASA history
—it’s a fascinating look at the art of illustration and a glimpse of NASA history like no other.