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Harris, Nancy, ed. Space Exploration.

HARRIS, Nancy, ed. Space exploration. (Exploring Science and Medical Discoveries.) Greenhaven. 176p. bibliog. index. c2005.0-7377-2836-1. $23.70. JS

This series "explores how these discoveries came about and examines their impact on society," the publisher states. This volume covers the history of space exploration from Galileo's invention of the telescope to early rocket scientists, Sputnik I, the formation of NASA, the first human in space, the Apollo program, the space shuttle Co lumbia and its accident, the Mir space station, and the Challenger explosion. It also covers unmanned space exploration, including the Hubble telescope and the Mars rovers, and current controversies and outlooks in space exploration, with a variety of opinions on human vs. robot space explorers, the value of NASA's projects, and whether there should be space tourism or space should be protected as a wilderness. The brief essays are excerpted from books, magazine articles, and government testimony, and each is preceded by a few paragraphs describing the author and summarizing his or her argument. Contributors range from journalists to astronaut Buzz A1drin, President John E Kennedy, and NASA's chief historian; a chronology of space exploration from 1957 to January 2004 is appended. The mix of primary and secondary sources, along with the summaries, makes this especially helpful for students doing research. Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.
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Date:Jul 1, 2005
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