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Frontiers of Space Exploration, 2nd Edition 2nd Edition

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From Library Journal

This reference work provides a basic introduction to the history of space exploration at a time when the two former antagonistsAthe United States and RussiaAare embarking on the multinational Space Station program. Organizing the book in four sections, Launius (chief NASA historian) presents a chronology of major events, four essays that provide a historical overview of space exploration, biographies of major space pioneers, and dozens of primary documents relating to major space policy decisions. Additionally, two appendixes list all manned spaceflights from 1961 through 1997, and an annotated bibliography covers major space history titles. Despite several minor errors in the chronology section, Launius does an excellent job summarizing the early history of spaceflight with his essaysAthe real meat of the bookAand the inclusion of the primary documents provides interesting insights into how major policy decisions were reached, from Kennedy's Apollo decision to the building of the space shuttle. Recommended for public and academic libraries.AThomas J. Frieling, Bainbridge Coll., GA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Here is an updated and expanded second edition. The first edition, also edited by Launius (chair of the Division of Space History of the National Air and Space Museum) was published in 1998 as part of the Greenwood Guide to Historic Events in the Twentieth Century series. The text includes a chronology, a general historical overview of space flight, 3 lengthy essays on space exploration, and 21 biographical essays. In addition, 26 primary documents trace U.S. space flight history, and there is an up-to-date listing of all U.S. space flights up to and including the Columbia disaster of January 2003. A fine annotated bibliography rounds out the volume. The differences between this and the first edition are the expansion to include documents, people, and events that came after the first edition's publication. This is a worthwhile update for libraries that need a good overview of the history of manned space flight in one source, particularly useful for public and high-school libraries. Jeff Kosokoff
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood; 2 edition (March 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313325243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313325243
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,722,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Aaron D. Harper on September 19, 2012
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This book was required for my Space Studies degree, and has become a mainstay for any real discussion on the subject. Launius has a clear and concise grasp on space, both from the science and the social (political) aspects. If you are wondering whether or not you need this book, you do, and the first chapter is worth the price of admission.
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I bought this book for my class. Of course, the quality of the material is fine, and the price was not bad, %50 for a text book. But, for a new text book, I do not expect pages to be falling out at the bottom, and the cover to already be detaching. This is not an amazon issue, but is due to the quality of manufacturing by Greenwood Press. Of course they're website leads to ABC CLIO, who I assume bought Greenwood. The construction quality is unsatisfactory, and I recommend anyone consider a different option, such as an e-book if available, than purchase a hard copy book from this publisher.
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This is a wonderful book!!
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