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Through Astronaut Eyes


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Table of Contents

  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • INTRODUCTION: Interpreting Astronaut Photography
  • CHAPTER 1: Why an Amateur Needs a Better Camera than a Professional
  • CHAPTER 2: Photographs for Every Audience
  • CHAPTER 3: Images of Exploration
  • CHAPTER 4: The Afterlife of Astronaut Photography
  • EPILOGUE: Continuing Resonance
  • Notes
  • Archival and Bibliographic Sources
  • Index

About the Author

Jennifer K. Levasseur is a museum curator in the Department of Space History at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. She received her PhD in history from George Mason University. During nearly two decades with the museum, Levasseur has worked on artifact loans and digital and exhibition projects. She serves as program committee chair of the Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums Conference, a biannual gathering of staff from museums around the world. Her recent curated exhibits include Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity and Moving Beyond Earth, which covers the space shuttle, International Space Station, and future of human spaceflight. Her collections responsibilities include astronaut cameras, the Skylab program, and astronaut personal equipment.


"The Apollo program was the most ambitious exploration program in history. A very important part of the lunar flights was the documentation of those flights in pictures. One of the only things remaining now of the lunar flights is the photographic evidence accumulated during the flights. Through Astronaut Eyes explains the history of space photography in an interesting and informative way. I encourage you to read about and understand what we were able to accomplish so many years ago."

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