Project Apollo
Moonshots & Snapshots of Project Apollo

Moonshots and Snapshots of Project Apollo: A Rare Photographic History, by John Bisney and J. L. Pickering, won the 2016 Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) Bronze Medal for Science. Award-winning books were presented with IPPY medals last month at the annual BookExpo America publishing convention in Chicago, Illinois. To view the complete list of winners, visit

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In Moonshots and Snapshots of Project Apollo, the companion volume to Bisney and Pickering’s book of rare photographs from the Mercury and Gemini missions, the authors present the rest of the Golden Age of US manned space flight with a photographic history of Project Apollo. Beginning in 1967, Moonshots and Snapshots of Project Apollo chronicles the program’s twelve missions and its two follow-ons, Skylab and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.

The authors draw from rarely seen NASA, industry, and news media images, taking readers to the Moon, on months-long odysseys above Earth, and finally on the first international manned space flight in 1975. The book pairs many previously unpublished images from Pickering’s unmatched collection of Cold War–era space photographs with extended captions—identifying many NASA, military, and contract workers and participants for the first time—to provide comprehensive background information about the exciting climax and conclusion of the Space Race.

Bisney is a former correspondent who covered the space program for more than thirty years for CNN, the Discovery Channel, and SiriusXM Radio, among other news outlets. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. Pickering lives in Bloomington, Illinois. He is a space-flight historian who has been archiving rare space images and historic artifacts for some forty years.

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