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Our space program
Bredeson, Carmen.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, CT : Millbrook Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Examines the United States space program from the development of the first rockets after World War II to the formation of NASA, the lunar landing, unmanned space probes, and space stations of the future.
General Note:
Chronology": p. 46.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.0 1.0 28954.
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The launching of Sputnik I in 1957 by the Soviet Union was a wake-up call to the U.S. and the true beginning of our space program. NASA was formed soon after and the space race heated up, culminating in 1969 with Apollo 11's successful landing on the Moon. Cooperation with the Soviets and now Russia has resulted in great leaps for our space program, including the use of unmanned probes to explore distant planets and the construction of space stations which open up the intriguing possibility of future space colonies. Lots of illustrations and sidebars make the reading inviting and accessible.

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Gr 3-5-This overview of the first half-century of the U.S. space program will give readers both its historical highlights and a context for understanding where it is headed. Between accounts of the space race with the Soviet Union and current plans for the International Space Station, Bredeson introduces prominent astronauts (mentioning both of John Glenn's flights), lists some spin-offs in areas as diverse as fire safety and athletic shoe design, discusses the space-junk problem, and describes successes and major disasters in both manned and unmanned projects. The small but relevant pictures are mostly full-color photos, linked to the text by paraphrastic captions. For its currency and scope, this title deserves a place in collections serving the intended readership, though a perfunctory list for further reading and the lack of Web sites will not facilitate research, and the international aspects of the space effort get short shrift. The latter, at least, can be redressed with more balanced surveys, such as Carole Stott's Space Exploration (Knopf, 1997) or Norman Barrett's Picture World of Space Shuttles (Watts, 1990; o.p.).-John Peters, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.