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Book Review: NASA: The Complete Illustrated History

By Sandy Amazeen Jun 10, 2008, 5:53 GMT

Book Review: NASA: The Complete Illustrated History

This fascinating book – now updated and available in paperback to mark the 50th anniversary of NASA in 2008 – tells the remarkable history of America’s unrivalled contribution to the exploration of space from the early twentieth century to the present. Award-winning historian Michael H. Gorn covers every US space mission ever undertaken, including those of projects Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, and the development of the Space Shuttle, and brings ...more

Packed cover to cover with color and black and white photography and forwarded by Buzz Aldrin, this is a comprehensive visual celebration of NASA’s 50th anniversary. From its roots in the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics with the hard lessons learned during Chuck Yeager’s test flights of the X-1 aircraft and Project Mercury, NASA began working toward manned missions. Mariners 9 and 10 heralded an age of planetary missions, their success rivaling that of the Apollo projects and started NASA on the road to Mars. Documenting the tension-filled flight of Apollo 13, the Columbia shuttle tragedy and others as well as the successes including Spirit and Opportunity’s amazing venture across the Martian surface, this is a balanced look at the U.S. space program.

Gron provides a fascinating, behind the scenes look at every space mission undertaken by the U.S. and a peek at what might be in the future making for a well-rounded guide to the American space program. More then another coffee table book, this is sure to grab the attention of anyone with a sense of wonder.  

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