New Paperback Release: NASA and the Long Civil Rights Movement

American Astronautical Society Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award “Those interested in the effects of the Civil Rights Movement upon NASA’s policies, specifically in the South, should begin with this anthology.”—Journal of African American History “This book is important because it pushes beyond . . . well-known intersections between space exploration and civil rights and … Continue reading New Paperback Release: NASA and the Long Civil Rights Movement

Life in Space

“Sheds new light on how one of NASA’s significant research efforts succeeded in breaking new ground even as those efforts struggled to find support both within and outside the agency. Offers a clear-eyed analysis of a highly complex and multipart institution drawn from close primary research and interviews with participants.”—Margaret A. Weitekamp, curator and chair … Continue reading Life in Space

Picturing the Space Shuttle: The Early Years

Rare views of the beginnings of the historic space program, selected and presented by two leading space flight authorities“[An] excellent photographic history. . . . In its comprehensive approach and its introduction of images not often seen, Picturing the Space Shuttle is a collectible time capsule of the first decades of one of NASA’s crowning achievements.”—Foreword Reviews “A … Continue reading Picturing the Space Shuttle: The Early Years

The Women Behind the Apollo Space Suit

By Bill Ayrey, author of Lunar Outfitters: Making the Apollo Space Suit This book is available at a discount price and free shipping through December 16, 2020. Order here and use code XM20 at checkout. It was just over a year ago that we celebrated the 50-year anniversary of Neil Armstrong stepping foot on the … Continue reading The Women Behind the Apollo Space Suit

Lunar Outfitters

The design processes behind a giant leap for mankind   “Ayrey’s details fascinate. . . . Photos and engineering design diagrams add helpful visual detail to the text. This accessible, anecdote-packed history will please many an astronomy buff.”—Publishers Weekly “A space suit: a miniature space craft, so well designed for Apollo missions as described in … Continue reading Lunar Outfitters

Star Crossed: The Story of Astronaut Lisa Nowak

The astronaut crime that shocked the world “Moore . . . explains in her gripping debut how Nowak, a decorated astronaut and mother of three, could risk everything for love. . . . This is must reading for true crime fans.”—Publishers Weekly “A fair and insightful look at a case that dominated headlines. Moore brings … Continue reading Star Crossed: The Story of Astronaut Lisa Nowak

This Day in Florida History

Short takes on five centuries of history “Takes readers on a 365-day virtual tour through Florida’s 500-year history, from the first documented encounters of Indigenous peoples and Spanish colonial explorer-conquistadors through the Space Age and beyond. Expertly researched and written by professional historians, each entry reconstructs a key moment from Florida’s famously weird, frequently tumultuous … Continue reading This Day in Florida History

NASA and the Long Civil Rights Movement

“Shines new light on a variety of civil rights topics within aerospace history.”—Steven Moss, coauthor of We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program   “The essays in this useful volume present a nice blend of social, cultural, and political history that provides new and exciting insights into the intersection of race … Continue reading NASA and the Long Civil Rights Movement

JoAnn Morgan, NASA Senior Executive

Excerpt from Made in Florida: Artists, Celebrities, Activists, Educators, and Other Icons in the Sunshine State, by Art Levy. JOANN MORGAN NASA aerospace engineer, first woman to serve as a senior executive at Kennedy Space Center, interviewed in May 2018, when she was seventy-seven, New Smyrna Beach. My favorite birthday present as a child was a chemistry set. What … Continue reading JoAnn Morgan, NASA Senior Executive