A celebration of the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo missions to the moon, this narrative uses 50 key artifacts from the Smithsonian archives to tell the story of the groundbreaking space exploration program.
TEASEL E. MUIR-HARMONY, curator at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, is a distinguished scholar of space history. She earned a Ph.D. from MIT, writing a dissertation on the political implications of the Apollo program. She has published more than a dozen articles and book reviews, and has presented internationally on various topics in the cultural history of 20th-century space science.
"But this book is, in fact, much more than a compendium of gorgeous photographs of iconic objects in stasis. Through her particular selection of non-obvious, non-iconic objects, Muir-Harmony gestures to the stories and backstories that haven't been told about the Apollo mission...this tangible object, her book, is a fine place to begin to understand Apollo." -Los Angeles Review of Books
"The moon landing is a matter of public memory, which is another
way of saying that it's contested history. In 1971, Collins became
the director of the Smithsonian's National Air Museum, overseeing
the addition of "Space" to its name in 1976, and he provides the
introduction to APOLLO TO THE MOON: A History in 50 Objects..."
-The New York Times "This remarkable book by Teasel
Muir-Harmony, a curator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space
Museum, tells the story of the technical and human aspects of the
Apollo program through a series of objects...From the forward by
Michael Collins, command module pilot on Apollo 11, to the
closing comments of Buzz Aldrin, the lunar module pilot on the same
mission, readers are in for a stunning ride through the familiar
and the surprising." -Physics Today "This clever and
intriguing artifact key to Apollo makes the legendary missions feel
human and freshly astonishing." -Booklist "The saga of NASA's
glory days, illustrated with artifacts from the Smithsonian
National Air and Space Museum." -GeekWire "There is
something here for everyone from the person who doesn't know about
these missions at all to the person who is looking to fill in the
spaces of their knowledge." -Lit and Life
"It is very rare for me these days to read a book in print - but for this I'm glad that I made the exception. It's gorgeous, in its own geeky-techie-nostalgic way, and I am glad to have it on my shelves to pick up and dip into, over and over again." - Reading Reality "The entire book is beautifully done, from the photographs to the people and items that were included, each focusing on a different mission or important event, I loved looking through this book." -Books Are My Thing "...a book to be browsed and savored." -From the TBR Pile "I live in the town that the space program built. Most of our schools are named after either astronauts or shuttles. My husband is an aerospace engineer, my mother works for the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and we all drive past a Saturn V on a daily basis. With the space program being so much a part of my day to day life, I figured there wasn't much this book could teach me but I was so wrong!" -I Wish I Lived in a Library