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Full Coverage: Andrew Chaikin's Space

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Andrew Chaikin's Space #14: Galaxy

Wednesday, October 9, 2002

The Whirlpool Galaxy, a spiral-shaped collection of stars much like our own Milky Way, is 32 million light years from Earth.


Andrew Chaikin's Space #13: Atlantis

Tuesday, October 8, 2002

Heading for the International Space Station, the space shuttle Atlantis thunders off the launch pad as the STS-101 mission begins with a pre-dawn liftoff on May 19, 2000.


Andrew Chaikin's Space #12: ISS

Monday, October 7, 2002

The International Space Station orbits over Miami, Florida in December 2001.


Andrew Chaikin's Space #11: TRACE

Sunday, October 6, 2002

The Sun's intense magnetic field heats the gases of its outer atmosphere, or corona, to millions of degrees, a phenomenon studied by the Transition Region and Coronal Explorer (TRACE) satellite.


Andrew Chaikin's Space #10: Pathfinder

Saturday, October 5, 2002

Site of an ancient Martian flood, Ares Vallis (Mars Valley) was the landing spot for the Mars Pathfinder mission in 1997.


Andrew Chaikin's Space #9: Alexandrov

Friday, October 4, 2002

During his six months aboard Mir in 1987, Alexandr Alexandrov enjoys a watermelon, part of a newly arrived shipment from Earth aboard a Progress supply freighter.


Andrew Chaikin's Space #8: Kizim

Thursday, October 3, 2002

Cosmonaut Leonid Kizim adjusts his sun visor during one of nine spacewalks he made aboard the Salyut 7 space station.


Andrew Chaikin's Space #7: McCandless

Wednesday, October 2, 2002

A self-contained satellite, Bruce McCandless tests the Manned Manoeuvring Unit, a backpack powered by jets of nitrogen gas.


Andrew Chaikin's Space #6: Jupiter

Tuesday, October 1, 2002

Jupiter, the solar system's largest planet, looms before the approaching Voyager 1 spacecraft on February 23, 1979.


Andrew Chaikin's Space #5: Young

Monday, September 30, 2002

John Young approaches one of the more modest-sized boulders he and Duke sampled during their third Moonwalk on April 23, 1972.


Andrew Chaikin's Space #4: Apollo XI

Sunday, September 29, 2002

Aldrin (left) and Armstrong walking toward the lander after taking a phone call from U.S. President Richard Nixon.


Andrew Chaikin's Space #3: Saturn V

Saturday, September 28, 2002

The first Saturn V rocket rises from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on the morning of November 9, 1967 on an Earth-orbit test flight.


Andrew Chaikin's Space #2: Surveyor 1

Friday, September 27, 2002

The U.S. Surveyor 1 touched down near the crater Flamsteed on June 2, 1966, and sent back thousands of images, including this one of its own shadow.


Andrew Chakin's favorite photos of Space

September 26, 2002

October 4, 2002 marks the 45th anniversary of the space age, which began in 1957 with the launch of Sputnik. In Space: A History of Space Exploration in Photographs, Andrew Chaikin captures all the key events that followed, from the Space Race to today's era of space cooperation.

Chaikin was approached by collectSPACE to choose his favorite photographs from the more than 300 chosen for Space. He answered our challenge with 14 unforgettable images from the past 45 years of achievements in space.

Chaikin's choices will be shared, one per day, presented in chronological order over the next two weeks.

Thursday, September 26

A hundred miles above the Earth, Ed White floats at the end of a 25-foot umbilical cord during the first U.S. spacewalk on June 3, 1965.


Andrew Chaikin's Space

September 26, 2002

The immensity, the beauty, the challenge, the triumphs and the tragedies, are captured in Andy Chaikin's elegant photo history. - Neil Armstrong



My life changed at the age of nine in June 1965, when the new issue of Life magazine arrived with some of the most spectacular photographs I'd ever seen.

They were pictures of Gemini 4 astronaut Ed White emerging into the vacuum of space. Countless people saw them and understood their basic message: this was the edge of human experience.

And that edge kept moving...

Each new mission helped push humanity farther from home, culminating in the first voyages to the Moon by the Apollo astronauts. These historic explorations also produced some of the twentieth century's most incredible photographs, including Apollo 8's snapshot of the Earth rising above the Moon's battered and lifeless horizon on Christmas Eve, 1968. Months later, in July 1969, the dream of centuries came true, and we saw the first photographs taken by men on the Moon.

At the same time, space probes began sending back pictures from places where humans could not go, including every planet in our solar system except Pluto, a menagerie of moons and even a handful of comets and asteroids. Worlds that were just specks of light in telescopes have become places we can name and study, with fantastic landscapes. And the Hubble Space Telescope has allowed us to see even farther, to the very edge of the universe. Again and again, these amazing machines have given us the thrill of seeing things no one has ever seen before.

This collection of photographs is an effort to share that thrill and tell the story of space exploration, through images that are not just historically significant but also beautiful. Individually, these pictures have the power to take us outside our everyday lives. Collectively, they tell a remarkable story of human curiosity, ingenuity, and persistence - qualities that have enabled us to expand our boundaries beyond our home world. As you turn the pages of this book, think about those qualities, and ask yourself if they don't make you feel lucky to be alive at such an extraordinary time.

- Andrew Chaikin, from the forward to Space: A History of Space Exploration in Photographs

Andrew Chaikin has been writing about space exploration and astronomy for more than two decades. His book A Man on the Moon was the main basis for Tom Hanks' Emmy-winning HBO miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon. A graduate of Brown University, Chaikin served on the Viking missions to Mars at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and was a researcher at the Smithsonian's Center for Earth and Planetary Studies before becoming a science journalist in 1980.

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