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[i]Bill Taub, 86, a self-taught NASA photographer who documented the country's major aeronautics and space-flight events from 1958 to 1975, including the missions that sent the first men into orbit and onto the moon, died Feb. 20 at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham. He had pneumonia and multiple organ failure.
Though he was rarely credited by name, Mr. Taub took nearly every official picture of the astronauts who led the nation's early forays into space and played a central role in shaping public perception of NASA's work. He was often the only photographer with access to training sessions and closed engineering meetings during the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions, and his images showed the anxiety of those who orchestrated the space program's first-ever feats. In one photograph, taken immediately after the launch of the Saturn booster, a throng of NASA personnel crane their necks in anticipation and apprehension...[/i]
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