Paper Astronaut: The Paper Spacecraft Mission Manual

Paper Astronaut: The Paper Spacecraft Mission Manual

by Buzz Aldrin, Buzz Aldrin Jr.
     
 
From the creator of Paper Pilot and Paper Captain, Paper Astronaut is a beautifully illustrated voyage into deep space, combining stunning archival photographs and colorful technical drawings with expertly designed die-cut models that readers can actually cut out and assemble. Published for the fortieth anniversary of the moon landing in 1969—and introduced by

Overview

From the creator of Paper Pilot and Paper Captain, Paper Astronaut is a beautifully illustrated voyage into deep space, combining stunning archival photographs and colorful technical drawings with expertly designed die-cut models that readers can actually cut out and assemble. Published for the fortieth anniversary of the moon landing in 1969—and introduced by Buzz Aldrin—the book includes histories of twenty feats of aeronautic engineering drawn from half a century of space programs around the world, from Apollo 11 to the Soviet space station Mir and China’s Shenzou 7 capsule, and featuring the most iconic designs of fifty years of space exploration. Each spacecraft is accompanied by amazing stories, fascinating facts and statistics about the universe around them, and mesmerizing photographs of the vessels in space. Sixty-four pages of the book are devoted to finely crafted die-cut paper models of the featured rockets, presented with clear instructions for assembly and helpful advice for deploying your galactic fleet.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"By the time you're finished assembling paper models of spacecraft from the book's meticulously die-cut blueprints, you'll be intimately familiar with many of the details of 20 different iconic spacecraft, as well as the broad arc of space exploration history and the basic principles of spaceflight. It's not exactly rocket science, but it's certainly a blast." ~SeedMagazine.com

"There are 64 pages filled with finely crafted die-cut paper models of the featured rockets, presented with clear instructions for assembly. The book also includes stunning archival photographs, colorful technical drawings and histories of 20 feats of aeronautic engineering drawn from half a century of space programs around the world." ~Parenthood.com

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
For those intrigued by space and who also like hands-on activities this book is a real find. The text is dense and it is written in a small font on black paper (a reverse which is actually not easy on the eyes). This is an excellent background for the many beautiful and informative illustrations and photographs. The book opens with an introduction by Buzz Aldrin who recaps the major vehicles and approaches in space flight history and who is very much in favor of putting humans on Mars. These milestones and the vehicles in the various space programs are presented. Readers learn how spacecraft work and then are introduced to twenty rockets, shuttles and satellites. Some are very familiar such as Skylab, Voyager, and the space shuttle others such as Shenzhou, Ares and Proton may be new to readers. The book's format gives each vehicle's name, country of origin, dimensions, factual information, and an illustration which in some cases are fantastic photographs. There are more than 100 photographs in the book which include some from deep space probes and the Hubble Telescope. Cezzar's goal is to provide models of each spacecraft that represented a new physical or informational frontier. She notes that "…the intense competition between the two states [United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics] which started with the launch of Sputnik, propelled a no-holds-barred commitment of intellectual, technical and financial resources." To achieve her purpose, she looks at the space program and recaps the major events through the illustrations and descriptions and the detailed models. As for the history she refers to President Kennedy's famous speech before Congress . . . "to land a man onthe Moon and bring him back." Today other nations such as China and India are active in the space arena and most of the space programs involve international cooperation. The closing paragraph of Cezzar's preface summarizes what she wants readers to take away from this book "…[it should] serve as a point of contemplation for how these machines came about, dreams about deep space, the power of making things, and the pleasure and satisfaction that comes with building models." The building of these twenty models will require skill and patience and some prior experience building paper models. Among the models that can be built are a Soyuz Capsule, Saturn Rocket and Viking 1 Lander. The book will have great appeal to adult hobbyists as well as older students. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789318817
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
06/23/2009
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
7.98(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.83(d)

Meet the Author

Juliette Cezzar is a graphic designer and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of Paper Pilot and Paper Captain and has designed many books, magazines, and Web sites with her company e.a.d. Buzz Aldrin performed the world’s first successful spacewalk in 1966, and he made the historic Apollo 11 moonwalk in 1969. He remains at the forefront of efforts to ensure America’s continued leadership in human space exploration.

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