224 pages, colour photos
To mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1, this landmark book brings together the words of Sir Patrick Moore and the favourite images of late space photography expert HJP Arnold.
Space: The First Fifty Years chronicles the amazing advances and discoveries made during the momentous last half century, including the first manned spaceflight and first man in orbit, the first unmanned landing on the moon, the first craft to leave the Earth's orbit, the manned moon landings, the advent of the Space Shuttle, and the first probes to Mars, Venus and the outer planets - Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. All written with Patrick Moore's trademark clarity, simplicity, passion, and authority, and illustrated with the finest space photography, this book captures the drama, scale, majesty, and minutiae of the Universe.
Also includes a foreword by Buzz Aldrin, and a countdown of the 50 Greatest Ever Space Images as chosen by the late space photography expert HJP Arnold, to whom this book stands as a tribute.
Overview Into the space age Men in space Stations in space Rockets to the Moon Neighbouring worlds The exploration of Mars The outer solar system Wanderers The Great Universe The next 50 years Glossary Index Acknowledgements
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Sir Patrick Moore CBE, FRS is the world's most famous amateur astronomer. Author of over 100 books and award-winning presenter of the fifty-year-long BBC TV series The Sky at Night, Patrick is a well-known and much-loved figure, whose work in the fields of astronomy and broadcasting was recognized in 1967 with an OBE, in 1988 with a CBE, and in 2001 with a knighthood. Sir Patrick lives in Selsey, West Sussex. HJP Douglas Arnold was a space photography expert and the perfect person to select the images for the book. Formerly at Kodak Ltd, when they supplied the film for the Apollo missions, he was in the BBC TV studio team for the later Apollo Moon landings and ran a space photography agency for many years. He was the author of several books on astronomy, photography, and its history. He died in 2006.