Our staff writes books on a wide variety of aviation- and space-related topics, including our exhibitions; the collection; the history of science and technology; and planetary science. Curators also edit other titles, from the Smithsonian History of Aviation and Spaceflight series to children's books on flight. In addition, Museum curators edit book series with Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Centennial of Flight series), Palgrave Macmillan (Palgrave Studies in the History of Science Technology), Texas A&M University Press (Centennial of Flight series), and the University of Missouri Press (Sports and American Culture).

New Publications

Book cover: Historical Analogs for the Stimulation of Space Commerce

Historical Analogs for the Stimulation of Space Commerce, by Roger D. Launius, NASA History Office, 2014, 8.5 x 11 inches, 118 pages.

Monographs in Aerospace History, no. 54. Available for Kindle readers, other eBook readers, and as a PDF at

Book cover: Discovery, Champion

Discovery: Champion of the Space Shuttle Fleet, by Valerie Neal, Zenith Press, 2014, 8.25 x 10.25 inches, 144 pages.
Hardcover: ISBN 9780760343838, $30.00

This book places Space Shuttle Discovery within the history of the space shuttle program and provides an introduction to space shuttle technology, with a focus on the orbiter itself.

Book cover: Dune Worlds

Dune Worlds: How Windblown Sand Shapes Planetary Landscapes, by Ralph D. Lorenz and James R. Zimbelman, Springer Praxis Books, 2014, 8.3 x 11 inches, 308 pages.
Hardcover: ISBN 978-3-540-89724-8, $129.00
Ebook: ISBN 978-3-540-89725-5, $99.00

Springer Praxis Geophysical Sciences series

Book cover: Milestones of Space

Milestones of Space: Eleven Iconic Objects from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, ed. by Michael J. Neufeld, with NASM curators, Zenith Press, 2014, 8.25 x 10.25 inches, 176 pages.
Hardcover: ISBN 9780760344446, $30.00

A beautifully illustrated history of the exploration of space through eleven iconic objects from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

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