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James Dean was the founder of the NASA Art Program and its director from 1962 to 1974. Bertram Ulrich is Curator and Multimedia Manager at NASA and co-author of Abrams’ America in Space: NASA’s First Fifty Years. Thomas Crouch is Senior Curator of Aeronautics at the National Air and Space Museum. Michael Collins was Command Module Pilot on Apollo 11 and the director of the National Air and Space Museum. Ray Bradbury is the author of more than 500 novels, short stories, plays, and volumes of verse.


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810972875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810972872
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.9 x 13.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is always a delight to see examples from the NASA fine arts collection, however, this book offers little more than earlier works drawing from the same well. The classic NASA art collection is "Eyewitness to Space," which covers the first part of the NASA fine arts program up to Apollo 11. It features large and well prepared versions of the works. It is sadly long out of print, but can be found with used book services for those seriously interested in the topic. A much more recent book, "NASA & the Exploration of Space," is readily available and is extremely rich with art, showing works that not only cover NASA's program up to the late 90's, but also several works from the Apollo era not present in "Eyewitness." Almost all the works shown in "NASA/Art" can be found in either of these two volumes, and in larger format. This book isn't a bad start for those not familiar with the NASA art program, but you would be just as well to start off with "NASA & the Exploration of Space."
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I visited a NASA Art Exhibit in Huntsville, AL in 2009. I planned to use pictures from this exhibit for a presentation to my Astronomy club, Richmond Astronomical Society. I used this book to complete my presentation as it provided insights on the NASA art program. I love this book. As a baby boomer it brought back many memories of living the space race. It shows the excitement, anxiety, triumphs and heart break of the history of NASA through the crafts of art. If you are a baby boomer with a love of the space program this book is a great trip down memory lane. For a special effect, listen to Gustav Holst's Planets while reading and viewing this book.
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This book has a great collection of artwork and the cover design is really eye catching and bold. The lenticular front panel is also a neat touch.

I think the really great thing about this book is how it looks at the artistic side of science and engineering - a topic you don't often see...especially with NASA.
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By Bri Bird on February 8, 2016
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Absolutely beautiful book with some amazing photos of art throughout NASA history.
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Of all the books purchased on Amazon this would be the most dissapointing for me. I expected some of the great images of space age art I had seen in books over the years but the selection in this book was to me almost a total let down.
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