- Hardcover: 303 pages
- Publisher: Harmony; 2nd edition (June 19, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0517542587
- ISBN-13: 978-0517542583
- Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 8.6 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,835,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Space Technology 2nd Edition
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In the book, he covered the key development of the space age starting from the pioneer European and American visionaries at the beginning of the 20th century to concepts like space colonies and star ships.
The detail history on various satellite and probe types up to 1980 is superb. The pullout pages for the rocket boosters and early space stations were of top quality.
Gatland also kept a "Space Diary" of key events in an appendix and key dimensional information on rocket boosters in the end papers. He updated his book in 1990. While it is of quality, it lacks the pullout pages of the 1981 version.
It is probably the best reference on the topic of space exploration published in the 20th century. It will be a herculean task to match and update it in the 21st century. John Gatland, who died in 2006, penned a superb reference book.