It doesn't take much to make the Space Shuttle Program seem amazing. But in all the years I've been following it, I think these photos from Dan Winters are the most beautiful and stylish. I want to compare them to the opinionated lens of Stanley Kubrik, but know that is an oversimplification. There is a dedication to form and observation in these photos, largely devoid of people.
With the Shuttle Program come to an end, there is both unmatched access to the technology and systems, but also an edge of preservation: capturing the truth of these early space explorations while they are still tangible.
Some of the most interesting images of the set are of the least technological: the glove that shows the work the hands inside of it have been doing; the vacuum-packed M&Ms.