No experience could have a more profound impact on the entire human race than contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence or man's colonization of outer space. "The Extraterrestrial Encyclopedia" combines in one, source of the history, concepts and motivation behind man's search for extraterrestrial life. The history of this search, such as the "Ancient Astronaut Theory", is discussed along with current space probes, details of the latest technology, research and findings and plans for future missions.
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This volume attempts to combine speculative entries on extraterrestrial life and interstellar travel with factual entries on space history and current space technologies. The resulting mix is disappointing. Factual errors and glaring omissions mar the entries on space history (e.g., the Soviets' extensive Salyut space station program receives little more than a passing mention in the entry on space stations), and the speculative entries on extraterrestrial life too often take on a "gee-whiz" tone. General collections would do better to purchase The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Space Technology ( LJ 8/81). Thomas J. Frieling, Bainbridge Junior Coll., Ga.
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Book Description Facts on File, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Rev Upd Su. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0816022763