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Liftoff: The Story of America's Adventure in Space

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 1989 by Grove Press (first published May 1988)
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"The boundary line between a blue and white planet, and one that is gray and tan, is fragile. Is the riverbank a delight or an obscenity, a place for diving ducks or greasy truck tires? I cry that the technology that produced this marvelous machine we call Columbia leaves in its wake the detritus of a century of industrial abuse. It need not be that way. We can use technology to cleanse, to repair, to maintain – even as we build, as we spiral out into the universe."

Written by Michael Collins, th
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Nov 05, 2008 Darkpool (protesting GR censorship) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Geeks of every stripe.
I wish, I wish, I wish.... there was an updated edition of this book - one that didn't end 20 years ago, when the ISS was just still in the planning stage (couldn't help but smile as I read about a proposed Japanese laboratory, which is now a reality of course).
I found Collins's style of writing extremely readable - he has the knack of including technical detail without being either confusing or patronising. I squeed with delight at the sight of equations, and reference to derivatives! Woohoo!!
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Michael Collins is a former American astronaut and test pilot. Selected as part of the third group of fourteen astronauts in 1963, he flew in space twice. His first spaceflight was Gemini 10, in which he and command pilot John Young performed two rendezvous with
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