Apollo to the Moon by Teasel Muir-Harmony

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The next two books focus on the artifacts of space exploration. In Apollo to the Moon (National Geographic, $35) Teasel Muir-Harmony, a curator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, presents fifty objects that collectively map humanity’s journey to the Moon. Extended essays and many evocative images are dedicated to each artifact, chronicling their histories and importance to the Apollo missions, but it’s the selections themselves that make this volume so compelling. Some were inarguably essential to the project, like the command module for Apollo 11. Others, such as the jacket that belonged to a contractor who worked on the space program, take you by surprise and enlarge your sense of the scope of the Apollo project. Muir-Harmony makes clear that these objects were just as vital to the success of the missions any NASA computer. The ultimate joy of this book is that it captures the people and broader culture behind one of humanity's greatest achievements.

Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects Cover Image
ISBN: 9781426219931
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Published: National Geographic - October 30th, 2018

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