Our staff write 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).

You can explore more peer-reviewed articles, stories, and more with Smithsonian Research Online.

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Historical Analogs for the Stimulation of Space Commerce Publication

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

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Discovery: Champion of the Space Shuttle Fleet Publication

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.

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Dune Worlds: How Windblown Sand Shapes Planetary Landscapes Publication

Springer Praxis Geophysical Sciences series.

Visualize and understand the complex forms that sand accumulations have achieved in quite different environments.

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Aircraft: The Definitive Visual History Publication Read more Milestones of Space: Eleven Iconic Objects from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Publication
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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America's Hangar: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Fourth Edition Publication

Souvenir book for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center

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X-15: The World's Fastest Rocket Plane and the Pilots Who Ushered in the Space Age Publication

A concise, yet detailed, introduction to the X-15 that is definitive and beautifully illustrated.

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The Rocket and the Reich: Peenemünde and the Coming of the Ballistic Missile Era Publication

First pubished in hardcover by The Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, in 1995.

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Space Shuttle Legacy: How We Did It and What We Learned Publication

AIAA Library of Flight

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Where Next, Columbus? The Future of Space Exploration Publication A publication by the staff of the National Air and Space Museum.  Read more