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Discusses humanity's exploration of the planets in our solar system, with an emphasis on the unmanned space flights to the gas giants on the outside of the system.
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ea. vol: 48p. diags. illus. photogs. glossary. index. (Today's World in Space Series). CIP. Rourke. 1987. PLB $11.95. Grade 6-8The heavily illustrated format of the series works best in . . .Shuttle, where quality photographs illustrate the vehicle and apparatus related to overall operation of the program. Baker covers the development of the shuttle system; astronaut training; flight deck layout (coverage of which lacks a clear diagram); and an itemized rundown of the take-off, flight, and return trip of a standard mission. The Challenger acci dent is mentioned only to reassure readers that safety factors are given ut most consideration, and no attention is given to the current status of the shuttle program. Journey. . . deals with satel lite and robotic exploration of the outer planets. The origin of the solar system and a description of its layout are sketched, leading into a general discus sion of robot exploration. Specific de tails of the Mariner, Pioneer, and Voy ager missions are given. Plans for the Galileo trip to Jupiter are presented in anticipation of this last planned mis sion, although how the shuttle setbacks will affect them is not discussed. Al though not as interesting photographi cally, this presentation is also appeal ing. Peace. . . offers an explanation of the Strategic Defense Initiative (not once referred to as Star Wars). The po litical aspects of SDI are not noted, yet Baker's view is reflected through his confidence in the technology which the excellent illustrations reinforce. Start ing with German V-2 rockets, the histo ry of nuclear armed weapons is re viewed, followed through the development of Atlas, Titan, Polaris, and Minuteman missiles and including general details on the Russian pro grams. The phases of ICBM trajectory are discussed in terms of the factors in volved in interception and destruction at each stage. Laser and particle beam weapons and the electromagnetic rail gun are explained. Christopher Lamp ton's Star Wars (Watts, 1987) provides more detail on this aspect and a more balanced treatment of the larger issue. A concluding speculative attack sce nario is slightly propagandistic in its to tal optimism. Baker's clear writing makes all of these worthwhile pur chases.Dennis Ford, Canandaigua Junior Academy, N.Y.
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Book Description Rourke Pub Group, 1987. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0865924058
Book Description Rourke Pub Group, 1987. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0865924058