Check out this great video featuring Bill Taub's never before published photographs. Photographing America's First Astronauts is available for pre-order on Amazon.
Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of NASA’s first photographer, William “Bill“ Taub. Bill was born in 1923 in Lorain, Ohio and was hired at NACA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. in 1942 as a pictorial draftsman. He was a self-taught photographer and was eventually named Langley’s chief photographer. When the Space Task Group at Langley was folded into NASA in 1958, Bill continued in that role for Project Mercury. In 1962, he was named NASA’s official senior photographer. He remained with NASA through the Gemini and Apollo programs and retired in 1975. Bill passed away in 2010 in Bowie, Md. at age 86.
Our new book, “America’s First Astronauts: Project Mercury Through the Lens of Bill Taub,” draws from his personal archives to showcase some 600 of Bill’s never-before-seen Mercury photos. They provide a unique behind-the-scenes look at the people and operations of the first US manned space program in real time. Today we remember Bill’s historic work.
Check out this video of Bill Taub NASA Senior Photographer featuring Bill Taub Photos personal collection of NASA Images from the 1960's and 1970's.
Taub was head photographer at NASA from the time the agency got its start in 1958. Charged with documenting NASA’s work for publicity and posterity, he was one of the last people to see the astronauts before liftoff, earning the nickname “Two More Taub” for his insistence, always, on snapping just a couple more shots.
As NASA's first senior photographer, Bill Taub covered every major agency event from the beginning of the Mercury project through the end of Apollo, giving the public a firsthand look at what NASA was about during those early days. Bill Taub died on Feb. 20, 2010. He was 86 years old.