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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In the Cockpit II: Inside History-Making Aircraft of World War II Publication In the Cockpit II: Inside History-Making Aircraft of World War II provides close-up access to the instrument panels, controls, and crew stations of 34 legendary World War II aircraft in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's impressive collection.  Read more Radioisotope Power Systems: An Imperative for Maintaining U.S. Leadership in Space Exploration Publication

Dr. Roger D. Launius, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, is a member of the Radioisotope Power Systems Committee, National Research Council of the National Academies.

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The Legacy of Flight: Images from the Archives of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Publication A publication worked on by staff of the National Air and Space Museum.  Read more Planetary Tectonics Publication

Cambridge Planetary Science series, No. 11

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Spacesuits: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Collection Publication Foreword by Thomas P. Stafford, Introduction by Allan Needell Read more Smithsonian Atlas of Space Exploration Publication Discover the entire story of humankind's efforts in space exploration, from the earliest theories of the universe to the captivating successes and advances - as well as the heartbreaking setbacks - of the past fifty years.   Read more The Museum Educator's Manual: Educators Share Successful Techniques Publication

Part of a series published by AltaMira Press in partnership with the American Association for State and Local History.

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Flight (Insiders Series) Publication

Available from the UK, ISBN 978 1 84011 736 3, £9.99. 

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Lighter Than Air: An Illustrated History of Balloons and Airships Publication This richly illustrated book chronicles lighter-than-air flight from Archimedes' discovery of the principle of buoyancy to the latest in sport balloons and plans for future airships. Read more Conquistadors of the Sky Publication

Conquistadors of the Sky celebrates the aviation achievements of 21 Latin American nations over the last 100 years, making this chronicle of heroic ventures and epic flights the best reference available on the subject.


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