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Space: An Illustrated History of Space Exploration in Photographs Paperback – 16 Aug 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd; New Ed edition (16 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844427439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844427437
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 28.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,822,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A book that captures every aspect of the astonishing developments that have taken place in space exploration over the last six decades. From the invention of rocket power and the launch of the first Earth-orbiting satellite, Sputnik, it traces the development of space exploration with a collection of remarkable images. Among the events captured as the momentous flight of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to orbit the Earth in Vostok 1 in April, 1961, the early Mercury spaceflights, which saw the Americans achieve their goals of putting astronauts into orbit; the flight of Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space; the first spacewalks; the Gemini missions, and the Apollo 11 mission when Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon. The book goes on to cover the development of space stations in the 1970s which culminated in a new era of collaboration with the link up of Apollo and Soyuz; the missions of the US space shuttle and the Russian Mir Space Station. there are also many images from unpiloted missions and craft including the incredible images brought to the world by the Hubble Space Telescope. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Andrew Chaikin has been writing books and articles about space exploration and astronomy for more than two decades. He is best known as the author of the acclaimed A Man on the Moon, the definitive story of the Apollo missions which was made into the multi-award winning television series From the Earth to the Moon produced by Tom Hanks. He is Executive Editor of Space.com and is also the author of Air and Space, The National Air and Space Museum Story of Flight, produced by the Smithsonian Museum. He lives in Vermont, USA. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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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.
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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.
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EXCELLENT!! The photographs from space are breathtaking. Beautiful book showing us how far we have come in the space exploration race. Very pleased that I have found this book... it will be treasured.
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I bought this book for my Husband as he is a massive fan of Captain James Lovell & the Apollo Missions, I'm a complete novice but my husband advises me that the book is excellent .
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars 9 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Space by Andrew Chaikin 27 Dec. 2010
By Ruben L. Livesay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a coffee table size book with many spectacular photos from space and from other aspects of the Space Program. Andrew Chaikin has don his usual marvelous job with this book. It is even more than I expected and it was received in new condition on a timely basis. I intend to get all of Andrew Chaikin's books.
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME 31 Dec. 2011
By Noel 195555 - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow, this is so educational as well as the pictures are mind blowing. Its a heavy Text full of the most awesome pictures. My grandosn will use it through out each year of school. Well worth the money.
5.0 out of 5 stars Space exploration history 28 Mar. 2012
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I bought this book for my wife. She hasn't put it down in three weeks. Says it's the best book about space she ever read.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular!!!! 21 Nov. 2002
By John R. Keller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Andrew Chaikin is best known for his classic book "A Man on the Moon" which describes the Apollo missions to the moon and was basis for the equally classic HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon." In his latest offering, Andrew Chaikin presents the history of space exploration from the early space pioneers, through the space race, to the latest space shuttle missions to the International Space Station (ISS) using numerous high quality, large format photographs and a very small amount of introductory text for each chapter. I feel that this book will be another one of his classic space exploration books.
The book opens with a small discussion of the early space pioneers such as Wernher von Braun, Sergei Korolev and Robert Goddard, and their efforts to develop workable rockets. The book then moves into the dawn of the space age and the race between Russia and the United States to achieve various "firsts." For example, the first satellite, the first probe to the moon or another planet and of course the first country to put a man into space. After this portion of the book, the Mercury, Gemini, Vostok, Voskhod and early Apollo programs are examined. The next section is devoted to NASA's exploration of the moon and contains many full page photographs. To further emphasis the grandeur of these missions of exploration, there are several two page foldouts. The next chapter of the book covers the early robotic exploration of the solar system, up to and including the Viking and Voyager missions. The next portion of the book examines the space shuttle era. It is here that I feel that the book should have included more. While the space shuttle has been flying for over twenty years, there is less than twenty pages of shuttle related photographs. The book concludes with the current robotic exploration of the solar system, some really excellent photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope and the construction of the International Space Station.
I only have two minor criticisms about the book. First, most of the photographs are devoted to the space race up to the Apollo moon landings, with very little dedicated to the Space Shuttle and International Space Station projects. Secondly, many of the photographs are ones that have been published before so there is very little new here. Nevertheless, these two very minor complaints, are overshadowed by the splendor of the numerous high quality photographs is this book.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book delivers! 13 Sept. 2002
By Jim McDade - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Andy Chaikin has chosen some of the most beautiful photographic vistas from the Space Age and packaged them into this wonderful book. This is one book that you want to thumb through slowly as you take in the fantastic views of the incredible sights that humans and space probes have brought back to us since the dawning years of the space age.
Space photography and imaging has given the human race a view of some of the most unimaginable wonders of our universe. We also see the miraculous images of humans and their fantastical machines in a realm long thought impossible to reach. This book beautifully documents all of the key milestones along our greatest journey. These images, taken together, capture one of the more hopeful and forward-looking pieces of the human story.
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