Young space buffs can explore the exciting history and future of space travel in this addition to the popular Eyewitness series.
Children's Literature - Judy KatshLike all books created by the DK staff, there's a lot of information crammed into the topically arranged pages of this Eyewitness Book of Space Exploration. Most of it is what you'd expect to see in an overview of such a broad topic. Two sections, however, make the book more than worth its purchase price. "Space Technology on Earth" and "The Future in Space" excite the reader by revealing what has been made possible in our current lives as a result of space exploration. They also point to what may very well become possible both in space and at home as we Earthlings become more knowledgeable about and comfortable with the final frontier.
School Library JournalGr 3-6The once-revolutionary nonfiction series ventures beyond our atmosphere for the first time in a survey that touches on an array of space-exploration topics, from the early history of rocketry to animals in orbit, space stations, astronaut underwear, and probes to the outer planets. The familiar blizzard of cutout color illustrations includes sharp photos of actual spacecraft, scale models, toys, commemorative bric-a-brac, new and worn-out parts, plus portraits of people and selected heavenly bodies, all with detailed captions. The focus is, eye-openingly, international, with European Space Agency technology and astronauts from small countries sharing equal time with the personnel and programs of the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. What with recent events on Mars and Mir, the information is already dated, but the book's broad scope and surefire popularity make it a useful lead-in to more systematic treatments of the subjects.John Peters, New York Public Library
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