264 pages, ~300 colour photos
From the earliest of times, humans have looked to the skies and dreamed of flying to the Moon and beyond. Galileo trained his first telescope on the heavens in 1609, but it wasn't until the late 1950s that Russia and America began an extraordinary race for supremacy in space.
This book captures these astonishing developments like no other. From Vega to Space Ship One - the first commercial suborbital vehicle - and with photographs supplied by both sides of the contest, all the major missions and the incredible images they yielded are here, including NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn and its moons; ESA's Mars Express images of Mars and NASA's Mars Rovers (Spirit and Opportunity), as are the photographs taken by one of the greatest scientific achievements of all time, the Hubble Space Telescope.Also featured are NASA's "Deep Impact" mission to comet Temple 2 and visualizations of NASA's planned human missions to the Moon. Evocative, dramatic and informative, Andrew Chaikin has brought together an unrivalled collection of images in Space that pay tribute to the immense human endeavour and scientific achievement of this momentous period in history.
Foreword; Author's Preface; Introduction: Dreams of Space; Chapter One: Leaving the Cradle; Chapter Two: The Race for the Moon; Chapter Three: Changing Horizons; Chapter Four: Space Shuttle and Space Stations; Chapter Five: Through Rugged Ways to the Stars; Chapter Six: The Twenty-First Century; Acknowledgements and Index.
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Andrew Chaikin has been writing books and articles about space exploration and astronomy for more than two decades. He is best known as the author of the acclaimed A Man on the Moon, the definitive story of the Apollo missions which was made into the multi-award winning television series From the Earth to the Moon produced by Tom Hanks. He is Executive Editor of Space.com and is also the author of Air and Space, The National Air and Space Museum Story of Flight, produced by the Smithsonian Museum. He lives in Vermont, USA.