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Space On Your Coffee Table

Words:

Edd Norval

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Taschen: The NASA Archives: 60 Years in Space (Via Taschen)
February 26, 2019

Taschen have teamed up with NASA to create a comprehensive look at space travel in their new collection of photography celebrating 60 years in space. The images are the most intimate insight into life in the great unknown and as always, Taschen have pieced it together with intricate attention to detail.

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It's not uncommon to look up into the night sky and see the vaguely purple outline of the milky way and stars spattered across its vast expanse and feel overcome by scale, of both what we are seeing and our own place in it. Space and the moon have always proved a source of great interest and curiosity to human beings. It's the great unknown, the true final frontier. To know ourselves, our limits and our imaginations, is to endeavour to explore it.


Taschen have, for years, built interesting books around some of our greatest earthly contributions. Now, the publisher is looking to break the confines of the atmosphere and, in a collaboration with NASA, comb the outer reaches of reality in a beautifully put together book that is set to become the definitive artefact on the topic.


A large book, packed in its own box, The NASA Archives: 60 Years in Space is a curiosity in itself, and an essential for those interested in the limits of art and photography.

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Taschen have called it, "a visual celebration of humankind’s unstoppable urge to travel away from Earth to worlds beyond" as the two powerhouses in their respective fields partner up to pay homage to the upcoming 50th anniversary of the moon landing in 1969.


In itself a space odyssey, the book charts the American space program's earliest day all the way up to its current developments in science, engineering and technology. From Mars to the Moon by way of Venus and other planets further afield, NASA have grown from a small experimental group of dedicated research teams constructed in response to Russia's Sputnik programme, eventually becoming one of the world's most widely recognised organisations.


In over 400 photographs and accompanying textual insights, this book is likely to inspire a whole new generation of space explorers as well as tick all the boxes of enthusiasts of art, photography, travel, human endeavour and of course, space. Space is, and always will be, the ultimate human curiosity alongside our own consciousness. Taschen's choice to document such a heady topic in such a grand way is a true statement of intent. Who knows what's next on their horizons, and ours in the outer realms.

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