Space Odyssey: The First Forty Years of Space Exploration

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In only forty years the exploration of space has become one of humanity's preeminent achievements. Space Odyssey follows the greatest moments of this saga and tells the tale of the four hundred men and women who have been into space. The journey begins with the pioneers of life in space, those first humans sent into Earth orbit and the legendary crews of the Apollo missions. It continues aboard the Mir space station, where we are invited to share the intimate life of its Russian, American and French inhabitants as they walk on the ceiling and sleep on the walls. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the adventure moves forward with the International Space Station. Filled with stunning photographs, many taken by the astronauts themselves, Space Odyssey portrays the hopes and dreams of those who have been directly involved in one of the greatest adventures of all time. Serge Brunier is chief editor of the journal Ciel et Espace, a photojournalist, and the author of many nonfiction books aimed at both specialists and the general public. His previous books include Majestic Universe (Cambridge, 1999) and Glorious Eclipses with Jean-Pierre Luminet (Cambridge, 2000).
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Editorial Reviews

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"An excellent reference,....its color photographs are more than spectacular and the delightful text is reader friendly, often poetical." Catholic Library World

"In great detail, this outstanding volume describes 40 years in the 'wilderness' of spaceflight development and adventure. ...superb..." Science Books and Films

"In Space Odyssey: The First Forty Years of Space Exploration, French journalist Serge Brunier provides a fascinating look into Mir..." Nashville Scene

"Striking, large-scale color pictures immediately attract and hold reader attention as these vivid descriptions unfold..." Choice

From The Critics
Spectacular photos combined with French radio and print journalist Brunier's commentary provide an enjoyable overview that emphasizes recent travel (from the early space shuttles) and Mir, and gives nearly equal coverage to the US and Russian programs (and also French collaborations). The famous first Moon landing is given its own chapter, as are space probes (e.g., Magellan) and the International Space Station. The final chapter discusses the future of space exploration, and appendices include a list of the 397 men and women who have flown in orbit. Oversized: 10x14.25". Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521813563
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.84 (w) x 13.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Departure; 2. Barren void; 3. Life beyond; 4. Another world; 5. Ambassadors; 6. Escape from Earth; 7. Voyage without motion; Appendices; Index; Bibliography.
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