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Over the years National Geographic printed articles about certain topics again and again.  These articles would be reprinted as individual articles because of their popularity.  One of my favorite recurring theme is the articles about space exploration (currently I have six of these reprints).  Here is a list of all space-related article reprints documented by Roger Nathan with photos and descriptions of the ones in my possession.  Nathan lists 26 space-related articles between 1939 and 1977 that were reissued as Article Reprints.  Here they are in chronological order:


News of the Universe

July 1939

[Not in my collection]


The Heavens Above

July 1943

[Not in my collection]


Space Satellites, Tools of Earth Research

April 1956

[Not in my collection]


Rockets Explore the Air Above Us

April 1957

[Not in my collection]


Exploring Our Neighbor World, the Moon

February 1958

[Not in my collection]


First Color Portraits of the Heavens

May 1959

[Not in my collection]


Cape Canaveral’s 6,000-mile Shooting Gallery

October 1959

This fifty-one-page article discusses the missile test range from Cape Canaveral to the South Atlantic.  It contains nine black-and-white and thirty-seven color photographs.


Exploring Tomorrow With the Space Agency

July 1960

This forty-two-page article documents NASA’s space program including Project Mercury and the X-15.  It contains five black-and-white and thirty-six color photographs.


Countdown for Space

May 1961

This thirty-three-page article discusses Project Mercury’s upcoming manned spaceflights and the testing leading up to them.  It contains sixteen black-and-white and twenty-six color photographs.


The Flight of Freedom 7

September 1961

This twenty-nine-page set of three articles reviews the suborbital flight of Alan B. Shepard in the Mercury capsule Freedom 7.  It contains two black-and-white and thirty-six color photographs.


John Glenn’s Three Orbits in Friendship 7

June 1962

This thirty-six-page article reviews the orbital flight of John Glenn in the Mercury capsule Friendship 7.  It contains one black-and-white and thirty-seven color photographs.


I Fly the X-15

September 1962

[Not in my collection]


Mariner Scans Lifeless Venus

May 1963

[Not in my collection]


The Solar Eclipse From a Jet

November 1963

[Not in my collection]


Florida Rides a Space-age Boom

December 1963

[Not in my collection]


Footprints on the Moon

March 1964

This forty-six-page article discusses Project Apollo and its upcoming missions to the Moon.  It contains one black-and-white and forty-two color photographs.


The Moon Close Up

November 1964

[Not in my collection]


The Sun

November 1965

[Not in my collection]


Surveyor: Candid Camera on the Moon

October 1966

[Not in my collection]


The Earth From Orbit

November 1966

[Not in my collection]

“A Most Fantastic Voyage”: The Story of Apollo 8’s Rendezvous With the Moon

May 1969

[Not in my collection]


First Explorers on the Moon: The Incredible Story of Apollo 11

December 1969

[Not in my collection]


Voyage to the Planets

August 1970

[Not in my collection]


Journey to Mars

February 1973

[Not in my collection]

Landsat Looks at Hometown Earth

July 1976

[Not in my collection]


Mars: Our First Close Look

January 1977

[Not in my collection]


Tom Wilson

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I have two more:

November 1966:  The Earth From Orbit

July 1976:  Landsat Looks At Hometown Earth

Are you interested in having pictures of the reprints not in you collection.  Your listing is amazing.  I never realized how many were about space exploration!

Great job,


Thanks, Jeff.  I'll add them.

For now I'm using this Discussion as motivation to collect the rest.

If I change my mind, I'll let you know about the images.

And thanks for the kind words.

Yours in collecting,



So may I take this then that you are not "one and done" after all ? 

: - ) 


The article reprints are not a high priority for me like the map indexes are.  That being said, they were never part of my "one and done" collection.

; - )



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