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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847320775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847320773
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 1.2 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,864,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Yuri Gagarin to the no-names riding the International Space Station (ISS), people in spacesuits are the focus of this lavish pictorial chronicle of human spaceflight. Compiler Chaikin clearly intends to restore awe for the human traveler in space. He achieves the desired effect through choosing both famous space-age photos, such as John Glenn inside his capsule or Edwin Aldrin standing on the Moon, and less often seen images. Those of Neil Armstrong grinning in the cockpit of the X-15 rocket plane (and inside the LEM after his moon walk) bespeak the cool technical confidence of astronauts. Yet when Chaikin arrives at the era of space stations, the pictures of people in pedestrian poses are less awe-inspiring. But if the ISS is an expensive bore, the images returned by current robotic spacecraft are much more exciting. Collecting a gallery of Hubble photos, Chaikin restores the thrill. Sure to entrance space enthusiasts. Gilbert Taylor
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Ethereal beauty... among the most stunning are images not just of something out there.... but of Earth itself. (John Kalbfleisch Montreal Gazette 20041204)

Truly elegant... In this wonderful book, [Chaikin] shares his passion for space, and it is a remarkable gift to us all. (Bob Merrick COPA Flight (Canadian Owners and Pilots Assoc) 200412)

Deftly increases the readers' knowledge of space... incredible book... Text explains the photos and helps introduce each chapter. Photos, however, dominate the book. (Susan Allen VOYA 200502)

The collection recaptures the excitement of the moon race and concludes with pictures taken by the still-active Mars rovers. (Dan Vergano USA Today 20041206)

Chosen as one of the "Best Books for Junior High and Young Adult 2005" by Science Books and Films. (Science Books and Films 200601)

A visually stunning book... an excellent introduction to space exploration. (Barbara Kern E-Streams 200505)

Science Books and Films' Top Ten Science Photography Books for 2004: This beautiful book, filled with images to marvel at and savor, is a book to linger over. (Science Books and Films 200411)

The book's generous dimensions make the examination of its 200 color and 100 black and white high quality images a visual delight. (Pierre Gauthier Canadian Camera 200504) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I bought this book for my wife.
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This book is loaded with photographs as well as a historical narrative.
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The next portion of the book examines the space shuttle era.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jim McDade on September 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Andy Chaikin has chosen some of the most beautiful photographic vistas from the Space Age and packaged them into this wonderful book. This is one book that you want to thumb through slowly as you take in the fantastic views of the incredible sights that humans and space probes have brought back to us since the dawning years of the space age.
Space photography and imaging has given the human race a view of some of the most unimaginable wonders of our universe. We also see the miraculous images of humans and their fantastical machines in a realm long thought impossible to reach. This book beautifully documents all of the key milestones along our greatest journey. These images, taken together, capture one of the more hopeful and forward-looking pieces of the human story.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John R. Keller on November 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Andrew Chaikin is best known for his classic book "A Man on the Moon" which describes the Apollo missions to the moon and was basis for the equally classic HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon." In his latest offering, Andrew Chaikin presents the history of space exploration from the early space pioneers, through the space race, to the latest space shuttle missions to the International Space Station (ISS) using numerous high quality, large format photographs and a very small amount of introductory text for each chapter. I feel that this book will be another one of his classic space exploration books.
The book opens with a small discussion of the early space pioneers such as Wernher von Braun, Sergei Korolev and Robert Goddard, and their efforts to develop workable rockets. The book then moves into the dawn of the space age and the race between Russia and the United States to achieve various "firsts." For example, the first satellite, the first probe to the moon or another planet and of course the first country to put a man into space. After this portion of the book, the Mercury, Gemini, Vostok, Voskhod and early Apollo programs are examined. The next section is devoted to NASA's exploration of the moon and contains many full page photographs. To further emphasis the grandeur of these missions of exploration, there are several two page foldouts. The next chapter of the book covers the early robotic exploration of the solar system, up to and including the Viking and Voyager missions. The next portion of the book examines the space shuttle era. It is here that I feel that the book should have included more. While the space shuttle has been flying for over twenty years, there is less than twenty pages of shuttle related photographs.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peczkis on December 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is loaded with photographs as well as a historical narrative. What I found especially interesting was a series of photographs of the unsuccessful Soviet effort to beat the US to the moon in the late 1960's. These include the large new Soviet booster rocket that kept exploding shortly after launch, as well as a scaled-down (one man) Soviet lunar module that was never used. This information exposes the falsehood, advanced against the US Apollo Program at the time by certain left-wing circles, that posited that there had been no moon race because the Soviets ostensibly never had intended to land men on the moon. They certainly did--and they failed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
Andrew Chaikin's Space: A History Of Space Exploration In Photographs is a visual display gathering over 300 images which pay tribute to and trace the history of space exploration. Its appearance in a new paperback edition makes affordable and accessible a visually dynamic, classic history which charts the range of space exploration efforts and discoveries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruben L. Livesay on December 27, 2010
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This is a coffee table size book with many spectacular photos from space and from other aspects of the Space Program. Andrew Chaikin has don his usual marvelous job with this book. It is even more than I expected and it was received in new condition on a timely basis. I intend to get all of Andrew Chaikin's books.
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