Friday, June 8, 2018

Rockets and Missiles (1962)

Parker, Bertha Morris. Illustrated by Teason, James. Satellites and Space Travel.  New York: Row, Peterson, and Co. / London : Wheaton. (36 p.) 22 cm. Cloth, DJ.

Text focuses on the basic facts of space flight known up to the time.  Discusses the basic components needed for space flight and projected future space craft and landings on the Moon and space stations.  Also found in softcover. 

 The book lives up to it's title, it is about missiles and rocket. How they work, what were some of the current ones, and just a little about how people were beginning to travel in them.

 I like the color painted illustrations

😇 Back in the 1960s it was necessary to destroy the moon since it was getting in our way 😲

Friday, June 1, 2018

Rockets and Satellites Work Like This (1964 2nd revised ed.)

Taylor, John W.R. Illustrated by Wood, John W. Rockets and Satellites Work Like This (2nd revised edition). London : Phoenix House / New York: Roy Publishers. (71 p.) 26 cm. Cloth, DJ. 1964
"Science Works Like This" series. See 1959 1st edition. 

This book tries to cover a wide range of topics from space history, to rocket theory, modern missiles, and human exploration of space. It uses strong black and white illustrations to share its ideas.

 Some of the current missiles in action

 A few "futuristic" illustration of how Moon exploration was expected to play out.

 The illustration were not updated much from the 1959 edition but I enjoy some of the possible space ships of the future.

 Finally I enjoy these strong final words to the readers of this book:

Friday, May 25, 2018

Junior Scholastic "Space Journey Into the Past" (Jan 20, 1960)

Here is an entertaining issue of Junior Scholastic. It was a weekly newspaper aimed at Junior High and High School students. And here is an article about "Faster than Light" travel to other solar systems.

There was also an interesting "Frontiers of Science" articles about the current planned Dyna-Soar program and the possibility it would be replaced by Project Orion rockets in the future:

Friday, May 18, 2018

What Is Space? (1964)

This is a 1964 British reprint of a 1961 U.S. book (under the same title).

This is another in the "Collins Pageant of Knowledge series."  It has many colorful illustration and some pretty heady contents for "ages up to 11".

Kane, Elmer R and Fellger, Merrill C. Illustrated by Tiedemann, Berthold. What is Space? London: William Collins Sons and Co. Ltd. (47 p.) 21 cm. Cloth. 

This next section about the shape of the universe is pretty interesting for a children's book:

It goes on to talk about space exploration:

Then about human exploration of space:

 How about expansion of Time as you travel closer to the speed of light?
 This next section is the updating from the 1961 publication
 The book ends with a "space glossary". All in all a knowledge-rich space book for the under 12 set.