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Full Moon
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Full Moon

In Full Moon, one of the best science photography books ever published, Michael Light presents a voyage in images to the Moon and back. Light took NASA's master negatives of photos taken by Apollo astronauts and scanned them electronically. The resulting pictures are so vivid they seem more clear than real life. Light orders the photos sequentially, selecting the most arresting images from each mission, to create a truly cinematic experience. In the first section, depicting blastoff, you can almost feel the violent shaking of the rocket as it strains to escape Earth's gravity. Then you see the quiet stillness of weightlessness, the astronauts' view down at a perfectly silent Earth, boundless oceans contrasting with bright white clouds. A spacewalk adds vertigo--the astronaut looks fragile and very alone as he floats outside his capsule far above his home planet. Then comes the waiting, as the long voyage toward the Moon continues.
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Orbit
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Orbit: NASA Astronauts Photograph The Earth

This awe-inspiring collection of photographs gives those of us stuck on Earth a glimpse of what our home planet looks like from the window of a space craft... and the big blue marble has never looked more beautiful. All the continents are shown, as well as weather events, the Aurora borealis, and the visible effects of anthropogenic environmental change. Take a sobering look at our lovely planet and realize how small and fragile it really is.
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Apollo: An Eyewitness Account
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Apollo: An Eyewitness Account   (Paintings)
by Alan Bean, Apollo 12 LM Pilot

When NASA sent the crew of Apollo 12 to the moon, they may not have realized that they were giving an artist the vision that would carry him through a lifetime of painting. The artist, of course, was astronaut Alan Bean, whose trip to the moon with pals Pete Conrad and Dick Gordon sunk so deeply into his brain that he's been trying to get it down on canvas ever since. He even mixes moon dust and bits of charred Apollo 12 heat shield into his paints to capture a bit of the Ocean of Storms in each image. The astronauts Bean paints are brave, exuberant, and all-American, right down to the reflections of Old Glory in their mirrored visors. His moon is surprisingly colorful and dreamlike, a magical place for jumping higher than you ever did before, racing around in the lunar rover, and swatting golf balls into orbit. Apollo: An Eyewitness Account, coauthored with space expert Andrew Chaikin, is filled with Bean's riveting stories and paintings, recording a long, successful career as an explorer-artist. He recreates the drama and brash enthusiasm of the Apollo program in bold strokes.
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One Small Step
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One Small Step

ONE SMALL STEP celebrates the 30th anniversary of NASA's historic July 1969 moon landing, the milestone that was the culmination of John F. Kennedy's 1961 commitment to putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Filled with documentary photographs from NASA and the National Air and Space Museum as well as images from film, television, and advertising, this beautiful book looks at our fascination with outer space, the development of NASA, the training of the Apollo 11 astronauts, and the thrilling televised lunar landing that captivated the world. The text also explores the cultural influence of space travel, from 1950s sci-fi movies and 2001: A Space Odyssey, to space-oriented fashions and toys. This delightful, nostalgic volume reminds older readers of the thrill of the moon landing, while it illuminates the space race for younger readers. A lively illustrated volume that takes a fond look back at the historic 1969 moon landing.
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