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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The Internet and American Business Publication Digital edition available, $26.99. Read more Internet Alley: High Technology in Tysons Corner, 1945-2005 Publication

Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series

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History of Rocketry and Astronautics: Proceedings of the Thirty-Third History Symposium of The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1999 Publication A publication edited by a member of the National Air and Space Museum's staff.  Read more Societal Impact of Spaceflight Publication

*NASA/SP-2007-4801, Document ID: 20080007234, price code EA5 (within the U.S. $25.00 plus $2.00 S & H; outside U.S. $50.00 plus $17.00 S & H).  Order from https://www.sti.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/ordersti.pl

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America by Air Publication

A companion book to the America by Air exhibition at the  Museum.  Available from the Museum Store, tel: 202-357-1387.    

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The Wind and Beyond: A Documentary Journey into the History of Aerodynamics in America, Volume I: The Ascent of the Airplane Publication

*NASA/SP-2003-4409/VOL1, Document ID 20040031410, price code A99 (within U.S. $35.00 plus $2.00 S&H). Order online at: https://www.sti.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/ordersti.pl 

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The Wind and Beyond: A Documentary Journey into the History of Aerodynamics in America, Volume II: Reinventing the Airplane Publication

*NASA/SP-2007-4409/VOL2, Document ID 20070039007, price code EA7 (within U.S. $35.00 plus $2.00 S&H, outside U.S. $70.00 plus $17.00 S&H). Order online at: https://www.sti.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/ordersti.pl.


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Robots in Space: Technology, Evolution, and Interplanetary Travel Publication

New series in NASA History: Technology, Evolution, and Interplanetary Travel.

Digital edition available, $37.00.

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Black Wings: Courageous Stories of African Americans in Aviation and Space History Publication Colin Powell once observed that "a dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work." This sentiment is mirrored dramatically in the story of African Americans in aerospace history. Read more In Plane View: Abstractions of Flight Publication A publication worked on by members of the National Air and Space Museum staff.  Read more