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: Spies and Shuttles

Spies and Shuttles: NASA's Secret Relationships with the DoD and CIA, by James E. David, University Press of Florida, 2015, 9.25 x 6.125 inches, 370 pages.
Hardcover: ISBN 978-0-8130-4967-0, $49.95

In this real life spy saga, James David digs through newly declassified documents to ultimately reveal how NASA became a strange bedfellow to the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Book cover: Virginia Aviation

Virginia Aviation, by Roger Connor, Arcadia Publishing, 2014, 6.5 x 9.25 inches, 128 pages.
Softcover: ISBN 9781467122450, $21.99

This book depicts the rich technological heritage of Virginia, featuring 200 B&W images from local, state, and national archives—nearly all previously unpublished. Images of Aviation series.

First Flight Around the World

First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race, Tim Grove , Harry N. Abrams; Ill edition, 2015, 8.5 x 10 inches, 96 pages.
Hardcover: ISBN 1419714821, $16.03

First Flight Around the World documents the exciting journey of four American planes and their crews on a race around the world. 

Book cover: Hubble's Legacy

Hubble's Legacy: Reflections by Those Who Dreamed It, Built It, and Observed the Universe with It, edited by Roger D. Launius and David H. DeVorkin, Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2015, 6 x 9 inches, 236 pages.
Softcover: ISBN 978-1935623748, $24.95
Ebook: ISBN 978-1-935623-33-5, Free

Scholars, engineers, scientists, and astronauts relate the Hubble Space Telescope’s story, and how HST changed the way we visualize the universe.

Hubble's Legacy is available as a free download or for purchase on Amazon.

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