Spaceships - Second Edition

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Spaceships: An Illustrated History of the Real and the Imagined explores how art and science have merged in the creation of real and fictional spaceships, from Mercury and Apollo spacecraft to the Millennium Falcon and Starship Enterprise. This second edition is thoroughly updated to offer a complete history of spaceships. It builds off the original book with new information and developments in topics that include:

• Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne
• Paul Allen's Stratolaunch Systems
• Bigelow Aerospace's B330 inflatable space stations
• SpaceX's Falcon 9
• Future Mars exploration, moon landers, and interstellar ships
• New foreword from Bobak Ferdowsi, an American Flight engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Award-winning author Ron Miller and new Smithsonian coauthors Matthew Shindell and Margaret Weitekamp take readers on a visual journey through the history of the spaceship, both in our collective imagination and in reality. Vivid illustrations trace spaceships through their conception, engineering, and building. The exquisitely detailed book charts the ubiquity of spaceships in the golden age of space travel (1950s and '60s) and their broad influence in popular art, television, film, and literature. Spaceships is a vibrant and visual book on the history of spaceships, past, present, and future.

Museum Story

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum maintains the world's largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, encompassing all aspects of human flight, as well as related works of art and archival materials. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is the companion facility to the museum and houses hundreds of historically significant air- and spacecraft, along with thousands of small artifacts.


  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages, 425 color images
  • 11" x 9.8"
  • Written by Ron Miller
  • Coauthored by Matthew Shindell and Margaret Weitekamp, curators at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
  • Foreword by Bobak Ferdowsi and Kathryn D. Sullivan