Architect David Nixon has published a new book entitled International Space Station: Architecture Beyond Earth
Back in 1984, then President Ronald Reagan gave NASA the go-ahead to build a Space Station. Fast forward about thirty years, and the International Space Station is now a highly successful research centre that orbits the earth.
This book takes a comprehensive look at the Station’s conception, development and assembly in space, acting as a highly accessible chronicle to this complex engineering and design feat. An introduction is provided by NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott, a veteran of International Space Station Expeditions 20 and 21 and Shuttle Missions STS-128, STS-129 and STS-133, who writes a personal memoir about A Home in Space.
With a particular interest in designing for space exploration, the author co-founded Future Systems with Jan Kaplický in 1978, and was among a handful of architects to collaborate on the design of the International Space Station.
“One of the pleasures of great works of architecture and engineering is that you can visit them. You can drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, climb the Eiffel Tower, wander around the Colosseum, or enjoy a performance in the Sydney Opera House. This is not possible with the International Space Station. Only a few highly trained astronauts or cosmonauts will ever see it. I hope this book will begin to fill that gap,” says Nixon.
International Space Station: Architecture Beyond Earth
By David Nixon; published by CIRCA PRESS