Spaceshots and Snapshots of Projects Mercury and Gemini: A Rare Photographic History


John Bisney  J.L. Pickering


This is the story of the people and events of Projects Mercury and Gemini, told through hundreds of unpublished and rare color and black-and-white photographs. Unlike other publications, which have illustrated the Space Race with well-known and easily accessible images, this history draws from the authors’ private library of more than 125,000 high-resolution photos of the first two U.S. manned space programs from 1961 to 1966.

Collected over a lifetime from public and private sources–including NASA archives, fellow photo collectors, retired NASA and news photographers, and auction houses–the images document American space missions of the Cold War era more comprehensively than ever before. Devoting a chapter to each flight for the first time, the authors also include richly-detailed captions, providing new insight into one of America’s greatest triumphs.Foreword by Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, USAF (Ret.).