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Spaceflight, 2nd Edition: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiousity

Giles Sparrow, Buzz Aldrin (Foreword by)


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This compelling story of exploration charts and celebrates humankind in space, from Sputnik's launch in 1957 through the Apollo Moon landings and the International Space Station to future missions to Mars and beyond.

Spaceflight chronicles how, in the half-century that followed Sputnik, the world was revolutionized by space travel and exploration. The opening up of Earth's orbit to satellites led to a revolution in communications, monitoring of the environment, and materials science. For the human imagination, the impact has been even greater: the voyages of robotic space probes have transformed our view of the Solar System, while Earth-orbiting satellites and missions to the Moon have forever changed our view of ourselves.

This book is a celebration of human ingenuity and imagination. From the work of pioneers like Wernher von Braun, Yuri Gagarin, and Neil Armstrong to the triumphs and tragedies that followed, it reveals the people, science, and technology that have propelled us into the Space Age.

Praise For Smithsonian: Spaceflight, 2nd Edition: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiousity

“[T]his illustrated history of interstellar exploration is rich in detail and full of incredible imagery.” —Publishers Weekly

DK, 9781465479655, 320pp.

Publication Date: April 2, 2019

About the Author

Giles Sparrow has degrees in astronomy and science communication and is an avid follower of the unfolding story
of space exploration. He has written on space technology and the history of spaceflight for a wide range of books, including DK's monumental Universe project (2005).