The History of NASA

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Children's Literature
It has been a vision since man looked to the sky and wondered what was beyond this planet upon which we live. Many people know that Americans have landed on the moon. Shuttle launches have become more commonplace, and most recently; we have worked together with Russia to create an international space station. Yet, where did all this start? Starting with the first forays into space, including the Russian efforts, the authors explain why we got started and the smaller steps taken to lead to where we are now in space exploration. The tremendous amount of information in the text is reinforced with fact windows covering such things as "What Makes a Rocket Go" to "Shannon Lucid: Ambassador to Mir." Along with NASA mission timelines and numerous photographs, the space mission comes alive. The authors even extend their vision to describe what the future of space exploration might bring. In the age of space action movies and computer games it might be hard to find a book that will capture the imagination of children. This book, one of the "Out of This World" series, is able to accomplish just that. 2000, Grolier, $32.00 and $14.95. Ages 10 to Adult. Reviewer: John D. Orsborn
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-The further reading and annotated address/Web site lists at the end are all that's above average in this mistitled survey. What Spangenburg and Moser present is not a history of NASA, but yet another standard account of the U.S. space program, with a particular focus on the space race. The authors tally satellites and space probes, capsules and shuttle missions, but never give readers more than glimpses of the organization that surmounted so many daunting political and scientific challenges to get them off the ground. Furthermore, events after early 1999, such as the failure of the Mars Polar Lander, are mentioned without discussion in the appended (unindexed) chronology but not in the main text. Minor errors, like the repeated assertion that gravity has no effect in space, plus a stingy selection of small photos and a glossary that opens with two incorrect definitions, further weaken the presentation. With titles such as Carmen Bredeson's Our Space Program (Millbrook, 1999) and Carole Stott's Space Exploration (Knopf, 1997) already available, and new treatments of the subject coming out in a steady stream, this one should be left on the launch pad.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
This latest addition to the 'Out of This World' series provides a fine history of NASA, using color photos to appeal to middle school students of space history. Coverages of NASA endeavors alone aren't common and ages beyond the middle school range will find this equally useful: chapters present over a hundred pages of timeline information and details on space eXxploration and NASA involvements.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531117187
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: Out of This World Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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