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Title:
Space : A history of space exploration in photographs
Author:
Chaikin, Andrew, 1956-
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Publication Information:
London : Carlton, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
247 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
General Note:
Includes indes.

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Language:
English
ISBN:
9781842224984
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

A photographic survey of space exploration captures the major firsts of this extraordinary chapter in human history, from Sputnik I through landings on the Moon and Mars, in some three hundred dramatic images.


Author Notes

Andrew Chaikin is a space historian and Executive Editor of Space.com. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.


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Booklist Review

From Yuri Gagarin to the no-names riding the International Space Station (ISS), people in spacesuits are the focus of this lavish pictorial chronicle of human spaceflight. Compiler Chaikin clearly intends to restore awe for the human traveler in space. He achieves the desired effect through choosing both famous space-age photos, such as John Glenn inside his capsule or Edwin Aldrin standing on the Moon, and less often seen images. Those of Neil Armstrong grinning in the cockpit of the X-15 rocket plane (and inside the LEM after his moon walk) bespeak the cool technical confidence of astronauts. Yet when Chaikin arrives at the era of space stations, the pictures of people in pedestrian poses are less awe-inspiring. But if the ISS is an expensive bore, the images returned by current robotic spacecraft are much more exciting. Collecting a gallery of Hubble photos, Chaikin restores the thrill. Sure to entrance space enthusiasts. --Gilbert Taylor