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Space: A History of Space Exploration in Photographs
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Space: A History of Space Exploration in Photographs

by Andrew Chaikin, James Lovell (Foreword by)
 

"The photographs in this book capture a vision of the Heavens and our Earth with a crystal clarity which we are lucky enough to see with our own eyes."
- Tom Hanks

"The immensity... the beauty... the challenge... the triumph and the tragedies... are captured in Andy Chaikin's elegant photo history."
- Neil Armstrong

Overview

"The photographs in this book capture a vision of the Heavens and our Earth with a crystal clarity which we are lucky enough to see with our own eyes."
- Tom Hanks

"The immensity... the beauty... the challenge... the triumph and the tragedies... are captured in Andy Chaikin's elegant photo history."
- Neil Armstrong

Evocative, dramatic and fascinating, Space is a brilliant collection of more than 300 images that pay tribute to and trace the history of space exploration.

This book covers fifty years of this immense human endeavor that started in earnest during the Cold War:

  • Early theories on space travel
  • Pioneering flights by the Soviets
  • NASA's earliest missions
  • Apollo moon landings
  • The space shuttle
  • Space probes and space stations
  • The future of space exploration.

The images — some very rare — have been painstakingly researched from American, Russian and other space programs. As a result, this book is both a historical record of this astonishing era and a portfolio of the most stunning scenes ever photographed.

Editorial Reviews

Montreal Gazette - John Kalbfleisch
Ethereal beauty... among the most stunning are images not just of something out there.... but of Earth itself.
COPA Flight (Canadian Owners and Pilots Assoc) - Bob Merrick
Truly elegant... In this wonderful book, [Chaikin] shares his passion for space, and it is a remarkable gift to us all.
USA Today - Dan Vergano
The collection recaptures the excitement of the moon race and concludes with pictures taken by the still-active Mars rovers.
Science Books and Films
Science Books and Films' Top Ten Science Photography Books for 2004: This beautiful book, filled with images to marvel at and savor, is a book to linger over.
E-Streams - Barbara Kern
A visually stunning book... an excellent introduction to space exploration.
Canadian Camera - Pierre Gauthier
The book's generous dimensions make the examination of its 200 color and 100 black and white high quality images a visual delight.
VOYA
Chaikin, 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.
—Susan Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552979877
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
10/02/2004
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
11.25(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Neil Armstrong
The immensity...the beauty...the challenge...the triumphs and the tragedies... are captured in Andy Chaikin's elegant photo history, Space.

Meet the Author

Andrew Chaikin served on the Viking Mars missions and was a researcher at the Smithsonian's Center for Earth and Planetary Studies. He is the author of A Man on the Moon, the basis for the Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon. He is a regular commentator on NPR's Morning Edition.

Captain James A. Lovell flew on the Gemini 7 and Gemini 12 missions, navigated Apollo 8 and commanded Apollo 13.

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