A visual celebration of the city's historic role as "Mission Control" and the home of NASA's human spaceflight program.

In his new book marking the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the first lunar landing, Houston author and photographer Ray Viator captures the spirit of Houston’s many and varied connections to the U.S. space program. 


Using striking photographs of the full moon as a visual motif, Viator traces the city's role in space from its selection as home of the Manned Spacecraft Center in 1961 through today's work managing the International Space Station and planning for future human missions to the moon, and beyond.

Through more than 200 images and insightful narrative, Viator helps Houstonians and visitors alike discover and explore Space City USA.


Now available at your favorite Houston area bookstore, gift shop, museum shop, and more, including Schroeder's Book Haven in League City, Space Trader at Space Center Houston, River Oaks Bookstore, Blue Willow Bookshop and Brazos Bookstore. Plus, it’s available online at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com

All proceeds from sales of "Houston: Space City USA" benefit Houston Public Media's programming and news coverage of space, science and technology.

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© 2019 Ray Viator and Ray Viator Photography

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Space Center Houston space shuttle

Moonrise over Space Shuttle Independence at Space Center Houston (closeup)