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January 21, 2013

Eyewitness to Space:
Over 1,500 drawings chronicling the American Space Program

I made a styrofoam solar system in 4th grade; I've seen Star Wars. But, it wasn’t until a recent visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center that I gave the final frontier much thought.

I meandered through the rocket garden, the Hubble telescope display, and the recreated control room of the ‘50s with its ashtrays and white-collared men calculating in a room of blinking lights. I saw the Falcon 9 launch light up the dark sky en route to the International Space Station. And the elusive concept of space began to take hold. I imagined and contemplated.



And since that visit, I force myself to realize that even on sunny days, irrespective of warm blues and greens, we are floating in silent blackness. These images are part of the Smithsonian’s immense collection of drawings, paintings, and prints chronicling the American space program. Enjoy them, for they, and all our accomplishments, truly are far out!



















Complete image library can be found at the Smithsonian's online image archive.

Found via Coudal.

3 Comments

okat
okat Posted Jan 21, 2013
What a great find! I just got lost in this archive for hours. It's like looking through the drawn storyboards from a fictional Hollywood movie, only it's real!

scobot
scobot Posted Jan 22, 2013
THANK YOU for sharing this!!! Doodles, sketches, space! All my favorites. What an awesome collection. rnrnI always feel like there is so much more NASA could do as far as "put this stuff in a book and sell it!" - but considering anything commissioned by the government (and paid for by tax payers) is Public Domain, I guess they may feel uneasy about charging "twice" for it. Still, I think it would be a cool book :) Thanks again!

David Finnigan
David Finnigan Posted Jan 25, 2013
Superb find , love these drawings particularly the felt pen sketches - amazing.

 

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