As one would expect from a text featuring images of stars, galaxies, and nebulae, NASA’s new book, “Touch the Invisible Sky,” features brilliant color photos from a selection of observatories. However, in a new twist on the popular astronomy coffee table book format, NASA has added touch to the new text.
In a press release from NASA, the photos are described as “…embossed with lines, bumps and other textures. These raised patterns translate colors, shapes and other intricate details of the cosmic objects, allowing visually impaired people to experience them. Braille and large-print descriptions accompany each of the book’s 28 photographs, making the book’s design accessible to readers of all visual abilities.”
With the new book, NASA hopes to bring the beauty and complexity of our galaxy to the visually impaired. To learn more about the text, the authors, and the ideas behind the book, please visit the NASA press release at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/spitzer/news/spitzer-20080115.html