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Gr 5-7-Having enthusiastically promoted the exploration of space in an array of books for young readers, Vogt now takes the measure of its tragic price, recounting mishaps and disasters from 1965's Voskhod 2 mission, which missed its landing site by 2000 miles, to the collision between Mir and a resupply vessel in 1997. He describes the hazards astronauts have faced, and for the most part survived, with characteristic verve ("Outer space is a thrilling but alien environment. You have never experienced anything like it, and if you ever do [without the proper protective clothing and equipment], you will die") and then goes on to explain what went wrong and why, and what lessons were learned, from each of over a dozen incidents. He closes with a look at unmanned space probes that failed, up to 1999's Mars Polar Lander. For its vivid writing and superior level of detail, this rockets past Elaine Landau's Space Disasters (Watts, 1999), and will be a significant addition to library collections of any size.
John Peters, New York Public Library
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Gr. 5-8. Space exploration represents one of the triumphs of the twentieth century, but its story would be incomplete without looking at the disasters that occurred along the way. Vogt discusses the perils of space flight and relates some of the harrowing escapes and full-fledged calamities that have occurred. Even readers well versed in NASA history may find new material here, as mishaps from the Soviet space program are related as well. Photographs, including many in color, appear on nearly every double-page spread. Despite the tales of adversity, Vogt encourages readers to remember the many successes in space exploration, commenting, "each failure takes us a stop closer to the stars." Carolyn Phelan
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Book Description Millbrook Press, 2001. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0761319204
Book Description Millbrook Press, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0761319204