Spacecraft 100 iconic rockets, shuttles, and satellites that put us into space

Michael H. Gorn

Book - 2018

Spacecraft chronicles the historic and contemporary most important spacecraft. American, Soviet (then Russian), and Chinese rockets, shuttles, satellites, labs, and more are chronicled--

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Minneapolis, Minnesota : Voyageur Press 2018.
Main Author
Michael H. Gorn (author)
Other Authors
Giuseppe De Chiara (illustrator)
Physical Description
224 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • The first space age. 1957-1977
  • The second space age. 1977-1997
  • Space exploration at a crossroads. 1997-2017.
Review by Booklist Review

Spacecraft profiles 100 craft that are significant in the history of space exploration: rockets, orbiters, spaceplanes, landers, space stations, satellites, and exploratory craft from the U.S., Russia, Europe, China, and more recent private, corporate ventures into space flight. The articles offer thorough physical and technical descriptions of each craft, along with a history of its development and use. The book is organized into 3 main sections, each covering a 20-year span from 1957 through 2017. Articles are further organized by the type of craft, with each country's being grouped together. It's not a strictly chronological narrative, but it provides an overall understanding of the history of the development and deployment of spacecraft. Readers can also use the table of contents to flip to any specific article that interests them. The articles are accompanied by numerous full-color drawings by illustrator Giuseppe De Chiara that show the details even better than the photographs do. This work is high quality; an effective hybrid of reference volume and coffee-table book. A solid choice for any public library.--John Keogh Copyright 2018 Booklist

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Review by Library Journal Review

Aerospace illustrator De Chiara and historian Gorn highlight 100 spacecraft chosen for their contributions to space exploration. Chronologically organized sections cover space capsules, space stations, rockets, and robotics for three roughly 20-year periods. Russian and U.S. spacecraft dominate the early sections, with the Chinese National Space Administration, the European Space Agency, SpaceX, and others appearing later. Eye-catching photographs set the scene, while intricate full-color illustrations show top, front, and side views, often with interiors, trajectories, and more. VERDICT Detailed enough for serious readers yet accessible to all with an interest in rockets or space exploration. Consider for most public libraries. © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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