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After Sputnik: 50 Years of the Space Age Martin J. Collins

After Sputnik: 50 Years of the Space Age

Martin J. Collins

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ISBN : 9780062043610
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256 pages
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In the 50 years since Sputniks historic orbit kickstarted a race to the stars, spaceflight has moved from a speculative and experimental science to a staple of contemporary life. Space exploration has changed the way we look at our universe, ourMoreIn the 50 years since Sputniks historic orbit kickstarted a race to the stars, spaceflight has moved from a speculative and experimental science to a staple of contemporary life. Space exploration has changed the way we look at our universe, our planet, and even the people around us.AFTER SPUTNIK will explore the first 50 years of achievements in space with a guided tour of the artifacts in the collection of the National Air and Space Museum. This is the premier collection of space artifacts in the world, and includes most US artifacts- major Russian artifacts on loan- and most recently, Burt Rutans Space Ship One. In addition, the museums popular culture collection and an art collection include objects such as a 1930s Buck Rogers stopwatch, and Norman Rockwells famous painting, Suiting Up.Using a selection of 180 to 200 objects, this book will tell the artifact stories to convey a sense of what it was like to be there when the object was in use, accompanied by dramatic photographs. The artifacts will range from the famous, such as John Glenns Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft and the Mars Pathfinder lander and Sojourner rover, to the equally rare, but less well-known, such as the Surveyor 3 camera returned from the Moon and Gordon Coopers space boots. No other book can offer this breadth and depth of artifacts.