After Sputnik: The First Fifty Years of Space Flight [NOOK Book]

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In the 50 years since Sputnik's historic orbit kickstarted a race to the stars, spaceflight has moved from a speculative and experimental science to a staple of contemporary life. Space exploration has changed the way we look at our universe, our planet, and even the people around us.

AFTER SPUTNIK will explore the first 50 years of achievements in space with a guided tour of the artifacts in the collection of the National Air and Space Museum. This is the premier collection of ...

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After Sputnik: The First Fifty Years of Space Flight

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Overview

In the 50 years since Sputnik's historic orbit kickstarted a race to the stars, spaceflight has moved from a speculative and experimental science to a staple of contemporary life. Space exploration has changed the way we look at our universe, our planet, and even the people around us.

AFTER SPUTNIK will explore the first 50 years of achievements in space with a guided tour of the artifacts in the collection of the National Air and Space Museum. This is the premier collection of space artifacts in the world, and includes most US artifacts; major Russian artifacts on loan; and most recently, Burt Rutan's Space Ship One. In addition, the museum's popular culture collection and an art collection include objects such as a 1930s Buck Rogers stopwatch, and Norman Rockwell's famous painting, Suiting Up.

Using a selection of 180 to 200 objects, this book will tell the artifact stories to convey a sense of what it was like to be there when the object was in use, accompanied by dramatic photographs. The artifacts will range from the famous, such as John Glenn's Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft and the Mars Pathfinder lander and Sojourner rover, to the equally rare, but less well–known, such as the Surveyor 3 camera returned from the Moon and Gordon Cooper's space boots. No other book can offer this breadth and depth of artifacts.

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This is a hefty and fascinating sample of the more than 14,000 rocketry and space-travel artifacts held by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The book is divided into five time periods. A several-page essay introduces each one, followed by a chronological presentation of the artifacts, ranging from a Nazi-era V-2 ballistic missile and John Glenn's space suit to a cosmonaut's tube of cabbage soup and SpaceShipOne. Each item is clearly photographed and accompanied by an insightful single-page essay describing how it contributed either to the exploration of space or to popular interest in space travel and extraterrestrial worlds. The text assumes some knowledge of the history of space travel, but no more than might easily be learned from a general encyclopedia or a chapter in a textbook. Students with an interest in space exploration or 20th-century history will browse for hours through this colorful and intriguing feast of information.
—Sandy SchmitzCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062043610
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 62 MB
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Meet the Author

Martin Collins is a curator at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and is the author/editor of several books on space history and on science, technology, and society in the twentieth century, including Space Race: The US-USSR Competition to Reach the Moon (1999). He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     7
Preface     9
Inventing Spaceflight: The Years before Sputnik     11
Sputnik and First Steps into Space, 1957-1961     39
Space Race: The Heroic Years, 1961-1972     71
Space in an Era of Pragmatism, 1972-1989     155
Space in the Global Era, 1989-2007     213
Index     252
Credits     256
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