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NASA Art Collection Covers 50 Years of Space Exploration

For nearly 50 years NASA has commissioned artists to document its missions and projects. Seventy of the 3,000 works in its collection are in a traveling exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

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Astronauts John Young and Gus Grissom are suited for the first flight of the Gemini program in March 1965. NASA loaned Norman Rockwell a Gemini spacesuit in order to make this painting as accurate as possible. (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)
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Astronauts John Young and Gus Grissom are suited for the first flight of the Gemini program in March 1965. NASA loaned Norman Rockwell a Gemini spacesuit in order to make this painting as accurate as possible. (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)

Martin Hoffman captures astronaut suit-up through the television screens in the media area at the Kennedy Space Center. The launch pad can be seen in the distance. (NASA Art Program)
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Martin Hoffman captures astronaut suit-up through the television screens in the media area at the Kennedy Space Center. The launch pad can be seen in the distance. (NASA Art Program)

Peter Hurd recorded the launch of Skylab, a rocket modified to allow astronauts to live and work in orbit. (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)
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Peter Hurd recorded the launch of Skylab, a rocket modified to allow astronauts to live and work in orbit. (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)

Mitchell Jamieson captures astronaut Gordon Cooper as he steps away from his Mercury spacecraft and into the bright sunlight on the deck of the recovery ship after 22 orbits of Earth. (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)
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Mitchell Jamieson captures astronaut Gordon Cooper as he steps away from his Mercury spacecraft and into the bright sunlight on the deck of the recovery ship after 22 orbits of Earth. (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)

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