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After Sputnik: 50 Years of the Space Age Hardcover – March 27, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books / Collins; 1st edition (March 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060897813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060897819
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 10.6 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,912,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Martin Collins is a curator at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and is the author/editor of several books on space history and on science, technology, and society in the twentieth century, including Space Race: The US-USSR Competition to Reach the Moon (1999). He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Craig A. SAUNDERS on April 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Another great book from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

The book has many color photos and some black and white of each artifact and a one page detail of each item , starting with Robert Goddard's Liquid Oxygen Flask and the Carrier and goes forward with Rockets and V-2, Satellites, and Guidence systems and many unusal items such as the Bell Rocket Belt No 2. Pressure Suits, Russian stamp of Gagarin flight, lunch box, sample of Soviet Green Cabbage Soup, a pack of Apollo and Soyuz cigarettes and it also has Sally Ride's flight suite Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Capsules,Apollo 16 Commander Checklist, Gemini V mission patch that was never used and the Soyuz spacecraft and many other in glorious color .And the book ends with SpaceShip One ( the first Private spaceship to enter outer space) This book will entertain you and your children and will teach you about the space race through the many different items on display, it the next best thing to being at the Air and Space Museum.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kraig W. Mcnutt on January 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
First, how is this book so cheap? I've never seen many of the pictures in this book even though the subjects are so familiar. There are some very unique stories and subjects chosen for presentation in After Sputnik. I highly recommend this book for people who just want to collect 5-10 books on general space history. Extremely well-done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Links on December 9, 2007
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Definitely coffee table size. The photos were an initial attraction, but the text is easy to read, interesting and very informative. Most of the pictures come from exhibits in the Smithsonian Institution. This book is good for a casual browse, but is also the sort of book that you might like to read from cover to cover. It is well worth the price.
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By Erika on February 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book was in really good condition when i recived it. It has wonderful photos and information which was useful in my IB history paper.
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