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NASA: America in Space
by Wendy Baker
ISBN 0517603640 / 9780517603642 / 0-517-60364-0
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From America's first ventures in space exploration to futuristic space-age living.
From the back of the book:
NASA: America in Space is the armchair traveler's guide to space exploration from NASA's founding in 1958 to the most recent Space Shuttle missions and futuristic imaginings of permanent space stations. With 200 full-color photographs and drawings, this book is more than just a chronological account of the American space program. It is also a visual adventure story that includes:
- Space vehicles from the first Mercury Redstone rockets to the most advanced interplanetary satellites
- Colorful shots of the earth from an astronaut's point of view
- Page after page of the most recent and revealing photographs of the planets in and beyond our solar system
- Personal accounts of how John Glenn came to be the first man to orbit the earth, why Neil Armstrong's historic first step on the moon was unplanned, and the story behind Sally K. Ride's monumental achievement as the first woman in space
- Tuturistic concepts of space stations that may well be reality by the 1990s
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