Tuesday, July 21, 2009

When We Left Earth (02): Apollo in Perspective

Jonathan Allday; Apollo In Perspective: Spaceflight Then and Now (Institute of Physics Publishing; 2000; ISBN 0-7503-0645-9; cover, NASA photograph).

This volume could have...should have...been a contender for an essential entry, but was hurt by the rather unfocused approach it took. It's more a series of disjointed entries (not separate essays), rather than a unified book. Some theory on physics is tossed in with facts about Apollo, bits about the Challenger incident, the Orion project, Skylab, computers, Mars exploration...well, you get the idea. Probably enough ideas for sixteen books, all crammed into one.

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