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Space: The Story of Man's Greatest Feat of Exploration by Patrick Moore (£6.50)
Publisher: Lutterworth Press — 1968
Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0718813618]
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper somewhat ruffled, with some small nicks and tears, some tape-reinforced to the reverse, with the laminate lifting at the top edge. Previous owners inscription to the last blank and the rear flap of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight but slightly musty.
Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “On October 4, 1957, Sputnik I soared into orbit, speeding round the Earth and transmitting signals to radio stations on every continent. This was the start of the Space Age. Since that historic day man has progressed so rapidly into space that he has constantly replaced science fiction with science fact. Gagarin’s first space flight, the first Russian Mars probe, the Venus probes, the photographs of the far side of the Moon, etc., are now taken so much for granted that the world no longer wonders if man will reach the Moon and the planets, but when.
In this book Patrick Moore tells the full story of space exploration from the very earliest theories to the recent lunar landings and inter-planetary probes. He describes how the Greek philosophers recorded the first serious thoughts about space travel, how the Arab astronomers were the first to appreciate that the earth’s atmosphere thins out with increasing height above the ground, and how the very first science fiction story — Lucian’s 1 History (the story of a Moon-Voyage) was written as long ago as a.d. 150. He traces the history of the rocket over the centuries, describing its military uses, its development by the Germans at Peene-münde into the deadly V2 rocket and its evolution into Vanguard, the first successful American space probe, in 1958.
In the later chapters, which form the main body of the book, the author covers the exploratory space experiments in America and Russia immediately after the war, the launching of the sputniks and other satellites, and the remarkable events of recent years — the first American orbital flight, the space meetings and the space walks, the first soft landing on the Moon and the close-range photographs of Mars obtained from Mariner 4. He concludes with a thought-provoking chapter on exploring the solar system and on the fascinating possibilities of interstellar flight.
Patrick Moore, well known for his BBC television series on astronomy, ‘The Sky At Night’, is the author of many books on astronomy. Space is undoubtedly his major book to date. It is an absorbing, entertaining and brilliantly written account of Man’s greatest feat of exploration. It is illustrated with over 300 magnificent illustrations including 70 photographs in full-colour, 57 detailed drawings by David Hardy, and many other diagrams and photographs in black-and-white and colour.”
Notes: Size: 11" x 8¼". Dark Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 216 pages.
P&P: UK 1st £6.00. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £9.06. EU Air £9.10. ROW Surface £9.06. ROW Air £16.72