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Highlighting historic firsts in the efforts to send people into space, this colorful gallery briefly introduces over two dozen astronauts, cosmonauts, and animals, along with such fellow travelers as Jules Verne, George Lucas, and Burt Rutan. The spreads are laid out in scrapbooklike montages; color photos are crookedly "clipped" to ragged pieces of paper on which the captions and simply phrased text are printed. Career time lines are charted on small notebook pages, and larger photos are often used as backgrounds. Several entries end with Web links to educational sites, which are supplemented by a digestible set of print and online resources at the end. Closing with a short interview with longtime Cape Canaveral launchpad supervisor Guenter Wendt, this volume effectively conjures up the human element in events that will seem like (are) ancient history to young readers, and should be as effective in sparking a genuine interest in finding out more about the space program's past and future as it will be useful in support of assignment-driven research.
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