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