Friday, March 6, 2015

What's Going on in Space? (1968)

A return to a factual space book. I like the illustration style and the paperback format may not have been widely seen by most of you.

Hendrickson Jr., Walter B. Illustrated by Heugh, James. What's Going On in Space? Irvington-on-Hudson, NY: Harvey House Inc / New York: Young Reader’s Press (48 p.) 24 cm. 

 Covers the basic history and principles of space flight.  Also cover the history of the US space program through 1970. Illustrations of rockets, spacesuits, Gemini and Apollo ships. "Science Parade" series. Softcover F835.

As we get to approaching 47 years since this book was published, the drawings of the spacecraft are looking "quaint", even though they are still state of the art in some ways.

I still wonder how we could create books with a view towards an optimistic (perhaps overly) plan for future ways we might explore out solar system and go to the stars.

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