Space, the final frontier...and an impossible dream, according to critics of the upstart Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1936. JPL is now the world headquarters of deep-space exploration. This spectacularly illustrated book captures the drama, intensity, and excitement of man's foray into the world beyond.Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the first moonwalk, this fully authorized compendium contains 250 of the most stunning photographs from the JPL's extensive collection. Satellites, interstellar objects, as well as the machines and people who have been reaching for the stars for over half a century are captured in breathtaking color.
The first and only complete and extensively illustrated history of the JPL contains an in-depth narrative based on interviews and meticulous research, accompanied by a space-age time line, sidebars profiling key individuals and accomplishments, and anecdotes from throughout JPL's archives. At the forefront of space exploration from the beginning, JPL's history is indeed the history of America's race to space.