The Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy.

I am pleased to announce that my next book with coauthor John Bisney, The Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy – A Rare Photographic History, will be published in March by the University of New Mexico Press. The Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy

This unprecedented work captures the compelling story of President Kennedy’s role in advancing the US space program, set against the Cold War with the Soviet Union. It chronicles his activities in Washington and his travels throughout the country during 1961-1963, a pivotal three years for NASA. It also further unveils Kennedy’s ambivalence toward the Apollo program as the centerpiece of America’s space race against the Soviets.

Filled with many unpublished photos of the president at civilian and military space facilities, it showcases rare photographs with exhaustively-researched captions. We also include excerpts from Kennedy’s speeches, news conferences, and once-secret White House recordings to provide more context through Kennedy’s own words.

We are very grateful to Dr. Christopher C. Kraft for providing the foreword. John and I hope you will enjoy our latest space history photo book.

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Moonshots and Snapshots of Project Apollo

BOOK-9780826355942

A Rare Photographic History

 

In this companion volume to their extraordinary book of rare photographs from the Mercury and Gemini missions, John Bisney and J. L. Pickering present the rest of the Golden Age of US manned space flight with a photographic history of Project Apollo.

Beginning in 1967, Moonshots and Snapshots of Project Apollo chronicles the program’s twelve missions and its two follow-ons, Skylab and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. The authors again draw from rarely seen NASA, industry, and news media images, taking readers to the Moon, on months-long odysseys above Earth, and finally on the first international manned space flight in 1975.
The book pairs many previously unpublished images from Pickering’s unmatched collection of Cold War-era space photographs with extended captions–identifying many NASA, military, and contract workers and participants for the first time–to provide comprehensive background information about the exciting climax and conclusion of the Space Race.
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Spaceshots and Snapshots of Projects Mercury & Gemini

9780826352613Spaceshots and Snapshots of Projects Mercury and Gemini

In this companion volume to John Bisney and J.L. Pickering’s extraordinary book of rare photographs from the Mercury and Gemini missions, the authors present the Golden Age of US manned space flight with a photographic history of Project Apollo.

Beginning in 1967, Moonshots and Snapshots of Project Apollo chronicles the program’s twelve missions and its two follow-ons, Skylab and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. The authors draw from rarely seen NASA, industry, and news media images, taking reatders to the Moon, on months-long odysseys above Earth, and finally on the first international manned space flight in 1975.

The book pairs many previously unpublished images from Pickering’s unmatched collection of Cold War’era space photographs with extended captions identifying many NASA, military, and contract workers and participants for the first time to provide comprehensive background information about the exciting climax and conclusion of the Space Race.

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Spaceshots & Snapshots of Projects Mercury and Gemini

Gene Cernan

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I took this photo of astronaut Gene Cernan last June. It was wonderful to see Gene interacting with this young man and surely encouraging him to dream big. He always had time to share his experiences as an astronaut, and recounting for the umpteenth time what it felt like to walk on the moon. Gene was the bright light in the room when the ancient astronauts got together. I lingered for a while watching this scene, hoping this young man appreciated the moment. I could see that father time was catching up to Gene, and I wanted to soak up as much of the moment as I could. This great American hero will be missed.