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To the moon ... and beyond

Emma Brown

Two distinguished NASA employees died recently: aerospace engineer Aaron Cohen, director of the Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston during and after the Challenger shuttle tragedy, died Feb. 25. And photographer WIlliam Taub, whose images record NASA's history from the Mercury and Gemini manned space flights to the Apollo 11 moon landing, died Feb. 20.

NASA has put together a gorgeous gallery of Taub's photographs.He said in an oral history interview that he became a NASA photographer almost by accident. A lifelong amateur photographer, he was hired after managing to capture an image of a spark inside an engine with his personal Leica -- a feat that agency photographers had been unable to accomplish with their view cameras.

By Emma Brown  |  March 3, 2010; 10:17 AM ET
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