Friday, September 4, 2015

Space Satellite: The Story of the Man Made Moon (1957)

Another classic book that I found that I have never done a proper post on. It was illustrated by Jack Coggins 

Beeland, Lee and Robert Wells. Illustrated by Coggins, Jack. Space Satellite: The Story of the Man-made Moon. New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc. (79 p.) 25 cm. Cloth, DJ. 1957

Jack Coggins illustrated a couple of children's space books, most notably Rockets, Jets, Guided Missiles and Space Ships (1951)  and By Spaceship to the Moon (1952).

A pre-Sputnik book about the Vanguard  program and the I.G.Y.  Describes satellite and rocket theory as well as how the equipment involved will work. It also discuses the uses of satellites and the I.G.Y. 

What makes this book stand out are the wonderful color paintings of a rocket launch, a satellite in orbit, and a satellite burning up from re-entry. It also has nice paintings of a manned craft flying low over the Moon's surface and a rocket to Mars. Also 1958, 1960 editions.

 Truly beautiful "industrial-style" illustrations. The artist depicts the work of going to space.

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