on 13 September 2002
I truely feel that this book is fantastic. It covers the history of space exploration from the earliest rocket tests and theories to up to date missions - and what's more it is all done in photographs. A fine photographic account of the men involved, the sacrifices made and all the many achievements done in space by mankind.
Andrew Chaikin has done it again and in great style. This is an exceptional book and is ideal as an accompaniment to 'Full Moon' by Michael Light. Andrew is one of the greatest historians of space exploration around today.
With a great and incisive foreward by the legend that is Captain James Lovell (Project Gemini and Apollo 8 + 13 astronaunt), this book is a must for anyone interested in the exploration of space and for anyone who wants to learn more about it.
on 14 April 2006
This book has a good pedigree: author Andrew Chaikin previously wrote the highly-regarded 'A Man on The Moon', widely held to be the best review of the Apollo missions. The format of this softback is large - 11 inches square - on glossy paper and packed with mainly colour photographs. Indeed, with such a wide subject and more photos than text, there isn't an awful lot of reading here. However, Chaikin is a genuine expert and his descriptions of early test flights, the race to the moon, the planetary probes and latterly the Shuttle programme are succinct, accurate and written in a style which will appeal widely.
Each of those topics benefits from a selection of some of the best solar system exploration photos available and these occupy the majority of the book. In one sense, the book might better be titled 'Near Space' as its emphasis is on our solar system and missions which have explored it; only a brief section about Hubble looks beyond. However, this reliable and good quality publication educates and entertains.