As long as human beings have inhabited the Earth, there have been individuals willing to risk their lives in order to discover and explore the unknown. Following in this great tradition, astronauts continue to push ever farther, into the frontier of space.
The U.S. Space Camp Book of Astronauts highlights some of the outstanding men and women of space:
The compelling stories of their dreams, struggles, and triumphs bring the exciting, continuing history of astronautics vividly to life. Packed with over thirty dynamic photographs, The U.S. Space Camp Book of Astronauts will inform -- and inspire -- space pioneers of tomorrow.
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Grade 4-6?Brief biographical sketches of 14 astronauts and mission and payload specialists are introduced by an equally brief overview of the early days of the "space race." The information is presented to readers as though they were a part of a group of children at the U.S. Space Camp. An inspirational look at the future of manned space exploration concludes the book. Full-color photographs illustrate the text. This title should appeal to both browsers and report writers, although the latter will need to use additional sources to complete their work. Libraries owning Michael Cassutt's Who's Who in Space (Macmillan, 1993) will find the photos to be the main draw of Baird's offering: all 14 of the astronauts covered here are included in Cassutt's book. Baird does focus a little more on the childhood of several of her subjects, but this is not a critical distinction. Ray Spangenburg's Space People from A-Z (Facts on File, 1990) covers 12 of the 14, although some of the entries are very short. Both Cassutt and Spangenburg include Russian cosmonauts in addition to the American astronauts. Where there is a need for additional sources for reports, Baird's volume is a respectable supplement. Cassutt's, however, provides more for the money.?Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA
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Gr. 4^-6. Baird's intriguing guide highlights astronauts throughout the history of the space program, from the Mercury pioneers to mission specialists in the current shuttle program. This attractive book offers biographical profiles of 14 astronauts as well as many full-color photographs. The thin framework story involves a group of children at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, receiving information about the astronauts from their counselor. These short, rather contrived scenes and conversations detract from an otherwise excellent book that is notable for the lively style of its nonfiction writing and the broad appeal of its subject. The photos, appearing on nearly every page, include unusual pictures taken during training and flights, as well as the standard NASA portraits of crews and individuals. Carolyn Phelan
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0688122264
Book Description HarperCollins, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0688122264