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Astronautics: Book 1: Dawn of the Space Age (Apogee Books Space Series) (Bk. 1) Paperback – September 10, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1894959636 ISBN-10: 1894959639

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Product Details

  • Series: Apogee Books Space Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc. (September 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894959639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894959636
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,284,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An engrossing blow-by-blow account of mankind's efforts to reach the stars."  —Quick Stop Entertainment

About the Author

Ted Spitzmiller has worked for the Los Alamos National Laboratory for more than 25 years and is the author of Fate Stalks the Pacific Sky. He lives in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth D. Luedeke on October 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
Spitzmiller has done an excellent job of presenting the step by step progress of man's first forays into space. He has included a detailed history of the technoloical evolution leading to what we now term "rocket science".
The book sets the context of this evolution by describing the pesonalities and their contributions: discoveries, inventions, and inovations, making this a very human story. There is comprehensive coverage of technical information about rockets and space dynamics, the crucial keys to space travel, but this information is always presented in very understandable terms.
The effect of Cold War politics on space development is covered very well as is the reaction of the world to Sputnik, the first Earth satellite.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in gaining more insight into the human, technical, and political aspects of mankind's first efforts to conquer space.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Talmage on January 18, 2008
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"Dawn of the Space Age" was a fabulous trip back through time. Each moment I spent within the pages of the book, I was re-living the visions, struggles, dangers, failures, achievements and excitement of the space age. The author portrayed the real story and events that motivated and shaped space development.
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For someone touted as such an expert, Spitzmiller makes numerous errors that should have been corrected. One group is on page 70 about the Viking. First, he calls the Viking a missile. It is a sounding rocket. A missile is an offensive weapon with a warhead. Second, it was not designed to carry heavy loads as heavy loads, such as the warhead carried by the V-2, simply weren't weren't needed. The Viking was intended to carry smaller payloads but have more stability than the V-2. There are other errors but I'm not the editor.

As another reviewer pointed out, there should have been many more photos, including color, at this price. True, many of us already have them in our collections but someone just coming to this fascinating subject may not.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Waters on October 24, 2007
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For a real space buff/nut this is is pretty superficial stuff. For a $24.95 relatively thin paperback I would like to have seen more illustrations and preferably color ones, and a lot deeper information. For my money I wanted a lot more.
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