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Space disasters
Landau, Elaine.
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [1999]

Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
Describes the accidents which occurred during the space flights of the Apollo 1, Apollo 13, and Challenger, as well as the Soviet space flight accidents.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.7 1.0 36334.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.9 3 Quiz: 19977 Guided reading level: NR.
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Unfortunately, our society is not immune to horrific disasters, as we have recently witnessed. Each book examines a variety of disasters that have occurred in history and looks at what went wrong and what efforts were taken to insure these types of disasters did not happen again.

Author Notes

Elaine Landau Elaine Landau has received her Bachelor's in English and Journalism and her Master's in Library and Information Sciences. She has written over 185 books, most of them non-fiction children's books on subjects such as earth science, planets, the supernatural, dinosaurs, ancient civilizations, ecology and contemporary issues.

Landau's books have won the American Association for the Advancement of Science: "Science Books and Film" Best Children's Science Booklist, as well as The New York Public Library Books for the Teenage, the New Jersey Institute of Technology Award and VOYA's Nonfiction Honor List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-7. These two titles on disasters from the Watts Library are clearly written, illustrated with high-quality historical photographs, and presented in an attractive overall package. The first discusses what is known about four huge maritime disasters: the Titanic, which struck an iceberg in 1912; the Lusitania, torpedoed by the Germans in 1915; the Morro Castle, burned at sea in 1934; and the Andrea Doria, which crashed into another ship in 1956. In the second title, the author offers similar treatment of four space disasters: Apollo 1, in which three American astronauts were killed during a 1967 practice launch; Soyuz 1, in which a cosmonaut died later in 1967 during reentry into Earth's orbit; Salyut 1, in which the three cosmonauts of the first manned space laboratory died in 1971 after failing to properly seal the spacecraft's hatch; Apollo 13, in which no loss of life occurred but mechanical and technical problems prevented a 1970 lunar landing; and the Challenger space shuttle, in which the entire 17-member crew (including the first civilian passenger) was killed during its 1984 launch. In both books, Landau discusses human error and accountability, citing specific examples of people who acted heroically and people who didn't. She always explains how these incidents changed policy and laws and what the relevant industries learned from the accidents. These titles will certainly enhance a school's curriculum, but they are also lively enough to please the growing contingent of young readers who just plain love nonfiction. Time line, glossary, and bibliography are included. --Kathy Broderick

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-With their gruesome, but often-requested subjects, these titles should find a ready audience. Air includes the Hindenburg, the 1960 Christmas crash, United Airlines Flight 232, and TWA Flight 800. Maritime covers the Titanic, the Lusitania, the Morro Castle, and the Andrea Doria. The last volume covers Apollo 1, Soviet spaceships Soyuz 1 and 2, Apollo 13, and the Challenger flight. In all three books, wide margins and large font provide comfortable reading. Sidebars contain additional information. Vintage and color photos with informative captions appear on almost every page. Unfamiliar terms are printed in bold face and defined in a glossary. The texts often include personal anecdotes about people involved in the tragedies and information concerning the results of the post-investigations. These accessible books will be popular additions.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prologue: A Costly Dream Come Truep. 5
Chapter 1 Apollo 1p. 7
Chapter 2 Soviet Space Disastersp. 19
Chapter 3 Apollo 13p. 29
Chapter 4 The Challenger Flightp. 41
Timeline of Aeronautical Historyp. 52
Glossaryp. 54
To Find Out Morep. 57
A Note on Sourcesp. 60
Indexp. 61