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The Heavens And The Earth by Walter A. McDougall
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Jul 17, 09

Read in July, 2009

The author finished writing this tome shortly after the "Challenger" exploded on lift-off, killing all seven astronauts, i.e. over three decades ago. However, a lot of space history occurred before that incident. If one did not already know, Czarist Russia had scientists working on the theory of space flight; a preponderance of the early space scientists found their inspiration in writers such as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells; and, the missile gap did not exist. The book is logically divided into parts - the first two being before Sputnik;followed by a parts on the U. S. space program and the Soviet program, with a concluding part philosophizing on the space ages affect on society. Though it is a lengthy work, it is worth the read.

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