He was with the space program before the astronauts were—the official photographer of the Langley Research Center in 1958, when a brand new entity called the “Space Task Group” was created. In the early days of U.S. human spaceflight, William Paul Taub was like the local newspaper photographer in a small town that suddenly became the center of the universe. Everybody knew him, especially the Mercury astronauts, whom he photographed often. They were so accustomed to his presence that they appear unaware of him in these three photographs—portraits of the pre-great, going about the new business of space travel.
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