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VOYAChaikin, as he did in his previous A Man in the Moon series (Time-Life, 1999), deftly increases the reader's knowledge of space and the history of space exploration. Large, full-color photographs make up the majority of this incredible book. Photos of manned moon landings and shuttles and interior space-station shots give insight into manned exploration. Readers can see the evolution of manned space travel via the photos of various astronauts. The changes in the astronauts' attire and their crafts are obvious. Photographs from missions to various planets light years away aptly illustrate man's quest to know what is above the horizon. Many photos are from the Mars missions, showing the landscape and haunting colors found on this planet. The Hubble telescope photos are exquisite, allowing readers to view things never seen before at the very end of the universe. This book is proof that scientific photos not only can educate but also can be admired for their beauty. Text explains the intriguing photos and helps introduce each chapter. Photos, however, dominate the book, and text is kept to a minimum. Students will use this book for information but also to just browse. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004 (orig. 2002), Firefly, 256p.; Index. Photos., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.