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Winners of the Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Awards

As selected by the American Astronautical Society ( http://astronautical.org) )




The annual Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Awards, named for NASA’s first Historian, recognize outstanding books that advance public understanding of astronautics. They reward originality, scholarship and readability. Anyone, including authors and publishers, can submit a title for consideration. Submittals are limited to English-language books published (original appearance or new addition) on any of a number of aspects of spaceflight in a variety of disciplines and ranging from juvenile and pop literature to texts intended for academia or practicing scientists and engineers. In addition to obvious topics of human spaceflight and unmanned interplanetary explorations, nominated titles may also cover related subjects such as astronomy and cosmology, as well as the occasional non-astronautics title that has a space "flavor." A review panel of the AAS History Committee selects the award recipients.

2011
  • Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo (The MIT Press) by Nicholas de Monchaux
  • The Scientists Behind Space (Heinemann Raintree, an imprint of Capstone) by Eve Hartman (Children's Category)
  • Man on the Moon: How a Photograph Made Anything Seem Possible (Compass Point, an imprint of Capstone) by Pamela Dell (Young Adults Category)

    2010
  • John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon (Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology) (Palgrave Macmillan) by John M. Logsdon
  • The Red Rockets' Glare: Spaceflight and the Russian Imagination, 1857-1957 (Cambridge Centennial of Flight), 1857-1957 (Cambridge University Press) by Asif A. Siddiqi
  • Eight Great Planets!: A Song About the Planets (Science Songs) (Picture Window Books) by Laura Purdie Salas (Children’s Category)
  • This Is Rocket Science: True Stories of the Risk-taking Scientists who Figure Out Ways to Explore Beyond Earth (National Geographic Children's Books) by Gloria Skurzynski (Young Adults Category)

    2009
  • Ambassadors from Earth: Pioneering Explorations with Unmanned Spacecraft (Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Spaceflight) (University of Nebraska Press) by Jay Gallentine
  • If I Were an Astronaut (Dream Big!) (Picture Window Books) by Eric Braun (Children’s Category)
  • Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?I> (Abrams ComicArts) by Brian Fies (Young Adults Category)

    2008
  • Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight (The MIT Press) by David A. Mindell

    2007
  • Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War (Vintage) (Knopf) by Michael J. Neufeld

    2006
  • Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004 (Yale University Press) by Peter J. Westwick
  • Honorable Mention: Testing the Limits: Aviation Medicine and the Origins of Manned Space Flight (Centennial of Flight Series) (Texas A&M Press) by Maura Mackowski

    2005
  • First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong (Simon & Schuster) by James R. Hansen

    2004
  • Right Stuff, Wrong Sex: America's First Women in Space Program (Gender Relations in the American Experience) (The Johns Hopkins University Press) by Margaret Weitekamp

    2003
  • Leaving Earth: Space Stations, Rival Superpowers, and the Quest for Interplanetary Travel (Joseph Henry Press) by Robert Zimmerman

    2002
  • The Secret of Apollo: Systems Management in American and European Space Programs (New Series in NASA History) (The Johns Hopkins University Press) by Stephen B. Johnson

    2001
  • Moon Lander: How We Developed the Apollo Lunar Module (Smithsonian History of Aviation and Spaceflight) (Smithsonian Institution Press) by Thomas J. Kelly

    2000
  • Challenge to Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space Race, 1945-1974 (NASA History Series SP-2000-4408) (NASA) by Asif A. Siddiqi

    1999
  • America's Space Sentinels: The History of the DSP and SBIRS Satellite Systems (Modern War Studies) (University Press of Kansas) by Jeffrey T. Richelson

    1998
  • This New Ocean: The Story of the First Space Age (Modern Library Paperbacks) (Random House) by William E. Burrows

    1997
  • Space and the American Imagination (Smithsonian Institution Press) by Howard E. McCurdy

    1996
  • Blind Watchers Of The Sky: The People And Ideas That Shaped Our View Of The Universe (Helix Book) (Addison-Wesley) by Rocky Kolb

    1995
  • Spaceflight revolution: NASA Langley Research Center from Sputnik to Apollo (NASA) by James R. Hansen

    1994
  • International Cooperation in Space: The Example of the European Space Agency (Frontiers of Space) (Harvard University Press) by Roger M. Bonnet and Vittorio Manno

    1993
  • The Sputnik Challenge (Oxford University Press) by Robert A. Divine

    1992
  • Blueprint for Space, Science Fiction to Science Fact (Smithsonian Institution Press) by Frederick I. Ordway and Randy Liebermann

    1991
  • Exploring the Sun: Solar Science since Galileo (New Series in NASA History) (The Johns Hopkins University Press) by Karl Hufbauer

    1990
  • The Home Planet (Outer Space Photography ) (Addison-Wesley) by Kevin W. Kelley

    1989
  • Journey Into Space: the first 30 years of space exploration. 1989. by (W.W. Norton & Company) by Bruce C. Murray

    1988
  • No Award Given

    1987
  • Before Lift-off: The Making of a Space Shuttle Crew (New Series in NASA History) (The Johns Hopkins University Press) by Henry S.F. Cooper, Jr.

    1986
  • Pioneering the Space Frontier: The Report of the National Commission on Space (Bantam Books)

    1985
  • Beachheads in Space (Scribner) by Jerry Grey

    1984
  • 2010: Odyssey Two (Del Rey) by Arthur C. Clarke

    1983
  • Global talk (Sijthoff & Noordhoff) by Joseph N. Pelton