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Children's LiteratureThis entry in the six-volume "History of Space Exploration" details the many small steps it took to come to the point where the International Space Station is slated to be operable in 2008. The book explores visions of people living and working in space and actualities such as the first space station, the Soviet's Salyut 1 and their craft, Mir, to the shorter career of the US space station, Skylab. While no specific people are profiled in pocket biographies, photos show many aspects of living in outer space that will interest readers. Extensively captioned color and black-and-white photos, occasional diagrams, boxed material including pocket biographies, and quotes break up the page without overwhelming the several paragraphs per heading that convey the chronology. In addition to a timeline, a glossary, bibliography, places to visit, space camps, and websites plus an index are included. 2005, World Almanac, Ages 11 to 16.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.