Milestones of Space: Eleven Iconic Objects from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Smithsonian Series) Kindle Edition

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"Today we stand on the edge of what just might become a new Space Age, with NASA working alongside an array of private space companies. This authoritative, beautifully designed, and highly readable book is a timely reminder that our future in space will be built on the awe-inspiring achievements of the past. The wonderful photographs in Milestones of Space also remind us that the Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum is one of the most exciting places on Earth. The artifacts celebrated in these pages will be remembered for centuries to come, but they also lay down a challenge for today's generation. We must make sure that these iconic objects are merely the first eleven milestones in a continuing voyage of discovery and achievement. This book helps keep inspiration alive." - Piers Bizony, author of The Rivers of Mars



"Imagine a guided tour of historic space artifacts by expert historians, replete with detailed stories and insightful commentary. That is the experience that awaits you in this marvelous book, which will delight any space fan." - Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon



"Milestones of Space provides richly detailed personal accounts of some of the most iconic objects in space history over the past six decades. The amazing stories of their creation, use, and influence around the world touch on everything from the first Telstar communications satellite to Moonwalker Neil Armstrong's space suit to the Hubble Space Telescope and the Space Shuttle Discovery that launched and serviced it on orbit. This book takes you behind the scenes with firsthand stories and rare photos documenting how imporant these objects are to history--almost like a personally guided tour of the National Air and Space Museum. I can most highly recommend Milestones of Space for anyone interested in the development of space technology, spaceships, or the history and significance of the Space Age to our modern global society."

-William F. Readdy, former NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle commander

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About the Author

Michael J. Neufeld is a museum curator in the space history division of the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum. He was educated at the University of Calgary and Johns Hopkins University, where he received his doctorate in history. He is the author of The Rocket and the Reich (The Free Press, 1995),and Von Braun: Dreamer of Space and Engineer of War (Random House, 2007).

Valerie Neal is curator for human spaceflight in the Space Shuttle and International Space Station era at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Before joining the Smithsonian, she worked with NASA on early shuttle missions. She now curates exhibitions at the NASM and oversees more than 1,500 artifacts, principal among them the orbiter Discovery, which is housed in the NASM's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in northern Virginia. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Michael J. Neufeld is a museum curator in the space history division of the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum. He was educated at the University of Calgary and Johns Hopkins University, where he received his doctorate in history. He is the author of The Rocket and the Reich (The Free Press, 1995), Von Braun: Dreamer of Space and Engineer of War (Random House, 2007).

Michael J. Neufeld is a museum curator in the space history division of the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum. He was educated at the University of Calgary and Johns Hopkins University, where he received his doctorate in history. He is the author of The Rocket and the Reich (The Free Press, 1995), Von Braun: Dreamer of Space and Engineer of War (Random House, 2007).

Michael J. Neufeld is a museum curator in the space history division of the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum. He was educated at the University of Calgary and Johns Hopkins University, where he received his doctorate in history. He is the author of The Rocket and the Reich (The Free Press, 1995), Von Braun: Dreamer of Space and Engineer of War (Random House, 2007).

Michael J. Neufeld is a museum curator in the space history division of the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum. He was educated at the University of Calgary and Johns Hopkins University, where he received his doctorate in history. He is the author of The Rocket and the Reich (The Free Press, 1995), Von Braun: Dreamer of Space and Engineer of War (Random House, 2007).

Michael J. Neufeld is a museum curator in the space history division of the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum. He was educated at the University of Calgary and Johns Hopkins University, where he received his doctorate in history. He is the author of The Rocket and the Reich (The Free Press, 1995), Von Braun: Dreamer of Space and Engineer of War (Random House, 2007).

Michael J. Neufeld is a museum curator in the space history division of the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum. He was educated at the University of Calgary and Johns Hopkins University, where he received his doctorate in history. He is the author of The Rocket and the Reich (The Free Press, 1995), Von Braun: Dreamer of SpaceandEngineer of War (Random House, 2007).

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00KEC1Y8Q
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Zenith Press (May 15, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 15, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 46409 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 374 pages
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Valerie Neal is a space historian and Curator Emerita at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. Her specialty is human spaceflight, space technology, and space science in the Space Shuttle era and beyond. She is keenly interested in space exploration generally, its place in American culture, and the achievements of women throughout the space program. At the Museum, she collected more than 1500 artifacts of the shuttle era, curated three exhibitions and eight documentary programs for the Smithsonian Channel (cable TV), published books and articles growing from her research, lectured in the USA and abroad, and gave many interviews for US and international media. Before joining the Museum, she was a writer and editor for some 25 NASA publications on Space Shuttle and Spacelab missions, the Hubble Space Telescope and other Great Observatories, space science, and NASA History. She participated in underwater astronaut training in Alabama and mission support in Houston for four Space Shuttle missions. She has taught American Studies and writing courses at the University of Minnesota, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Vanderbilt University, and Georgetown University. Valerie Neal holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in American Studies and a B.A. degree in English and History.

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