By Michael J. Neufeld, Curators of the National Air and Space Museum, Martin J. Collins
A superbly illustrated historical past of the exploration of house throughout the so much iconic items from the Smithsonian nationwide Air and area Museum. during the entire of human historical past, throughout all of Earth's cultures and landscapes, numerous members have gazed up on the stars with ask yourself and awe. attending to area used to be no effortless job, and our interest with the encircling universe has lengthy been a resource of earthly satisfaction and festival. on the backside of this foreign know-how pushed competition lies one unifying objective, that is to appreciate the impossibly big heavens. In Milestones of Space, Michael Neufeld and choose curators of the Smithsonian nationwide Air and area Museum current a beautiful photographic get together of a few of the main groundbreaking artifacts that performed key components in giving humanity its first steps into the cosmos. concentrating on the main iconic gadgets and expertise - reminiscent of Friendship 7,the Lunar Module 2, Neil Armstrong's Lunar swimsuit, the Hubble house Telescope, and house trip Discovery - this booklet commonly profiles 11 of the NASM's most vital breakthroughs in house know-how. The NASM curators characteristic every one item in exceptional element with compelling timelines, sidebars and captions, and over a hundred and fifty archival pictures that supply new and little-known insights into their improvement and historic context. we're nonetheless some distance from greedy our universe . . . yet for now, Milestones of Space magnificently commemorates the participants and innovations that experience taken us this far.