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SPACE : The story of Man's greatest feat of exploration

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216 pages - 1968 - Used, very good condition
This wonderful book, well - illustrated with many photographs, covers the exploratory space experiments made by both the United States and the U.S.S.R.


Book cover finish Canvas finish, Bradel, Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features First edition, Slightly damaged dust jacket
Condition New
Number of pages 216
Published date 1968
Language English
Size 21 x 29 x 3 cm
Author Patrick Moore


On October 4th, 1957, Sputnik I soared into orbit, speeding round the Earth and transmitting signals to radio stations on every continent. This was the start of the Space Age. Since that historic day, man has progressed so rapidly into space that he has constantly replaced science fiction with science fact.


( ... ) In this book, the author tells the full story of space exploration from the very earliest theories to the recent lunar landings and inter - planetary probes. He describes how the Greek philosophers recorded the first serious thoughts about space travel, how the Arab astronomers were the first to appreciate that the earth's atmosphere thins out with increasing height above the ground, and how the very first science fiction story - Lucian's True History ( the story of a Moon - Voyage ) was written as long ago as A.D. 150. He traces the history of the rocket over the centuries, describing its military uses, its development by the Germans at Peenemünde into the deadly V2 rocket and its evolution into Vanguard, the first successful American space probe, in 1958.


In the later chapters, which form the main body of the book, the author covers the exploratory space experiments in the United States and the U.S.S.R. immediately after the war, the launching of the Sputniks and other satellites, and the remarkable events of recent years - the first American orbital flight, the space meetings and the space walks, the first soft landing on the Moon and the close - range photographs of Mars obtained from Mariner 4. He concludes with a thought - provoking chapter on exploring the solar system and on the fascinating possibilities of interstellar flight.


The author, well known for his BBC television series on astronomy, " The Sky At Night ", is the author of many books on astronomy. Space is undoubtedly his major book to date. ( ... )

Patrick Moore

Sir Patrick Alfred Caldwell - Moore C.B.E., Hon.F.R.S., F.R.A.S. ( March 4th, 1923 - December 9th, 2012 ) was born in Pinner ( Middlesex, England ). His family moved to Bognor Regis, and subsequently to East Grinstead ( both in West Sussex, England ) where he spent his childhood. His youth was marked by heart problems, which left him in poor health and he was educated at home by private tutors. 

When he was 6 years old, his mother, to whom he was especially attached, gave him a copy of George F. Chambers’ The story of the Solar System ( 1895 ), which first sparked his interest in astronomy. He joined the British Astronomical Association at the age of 11. In 1936 ( aged 13 ), he published Small Craterlets in the Mare Crisium, his first scientific paper on the moon. At the age of 16, he began wearing a monocle after an oculist told him his right eye was weaker than his left. 3 years later, he began wearing a full set of dentures. 

Patrick Moore wanted to go to Cambridge University ( Cambridgeshire, England ) to study geology but, as he said : " Hitler changed my plans ". During the Second World War, Patrick Moore joined the East Grinstead Home Guard ( where his father had been elected Platoon Commander ), as well as the A.R.P. ( Air Raid Precautions ). He then enlisted in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve ( R.A.F.V.R., 1800747 ) at the age of 18 ( December 31st, 1941 ) and was not called up for service until July 13th, 1942, as an Aircraftman 2nd Class ( A.C. 2 ). His short career as an R.A.F. airman can be summerized as follows : 

- Air Crew Receiving Centre ( A.C.R.C. ) at Lord's Cricket Ground ( St. John's          

   Wood, London, England ). 

- R.A.F. Ludlow and R.A.F. Cosford ( both in Shropshire, England ). 

- R.A.F. Stretton ( Cheshire, England ). 

- No. 4 Initial Training Wing ( I.T.W. ), R.A.F. Paignton ( Devon, England ). 

- No. 6th Elementary Training Flying School ( E.F.T.S. ), R.A.F. Sywell ( 

   Northamptonshire, England ). 

- Leading Aircraftman ( L.A.C. ). 

- R.A.F. College, R.A.F. Cranwell ( Lincolnshire, England ). 

- " G " Flight, No. 1 Squadron, R.A.F. Heaton Park ( Manchester, England ). 

- Air Crew Despatch Centre ( A.C.D.C. ), R.A.F. Heaton Park ( Manchester, 

   England ). 

- Sent to Canada under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan ( 

   B.C.A.T.P., December 1943 ), he disembarked in Halifax ( Nova Scotia ). 

- Mail Address : Military Post Office ( M.P.O. ) No. 304, R.C.A.F. ( Ottawa, 

   Ontario ). 

- R.A.F. Moncton ( New Brunswick ). 

- M.P.O. No. 211, R.C.A.F. " A " Block ( Hamilton, Ontario ). 

- No. 33 Air Navigation School ( A.N.S. ), R.C.A.F. Hamilton ( Mount Hope, 

   Ontario ). 

- Appointed Pilot Officer on probation ( 165462, June 2nd, 1944 ). 

- Mail Address : Military Post Office ( M.P.O. ) No. 304, R.C.A.F. ( Ottawa, 

   Ontario ). 

- Graduated as a Navigator. 

- R.A.F. Moncton ( New Brunswick ). 

- Returned to Great Britain on the " Empress of Scotland " ( July 1944 ). 

- R.A.F. Harrogate ( Yorkshire, England ). 

- Mail Address : " A " Wing, No. 10 Course, No. 1 Officers Mess, Aircrew 

   Officers School ( A.C.O.S., Credenhill ), R.A.F. Hereford ( Herefordshire, 

   England ). 

- No. 2 ( Observers ) Advanced Flying Unit, ( O ) A.F.U., R.A.F. Millom ( 

   Cumbria, England ). 

- R.A.F. Barrow ( Cumbria, England ). 

- No. 20 Operational Training Unit ( O.T.U., Moray, Scotland ). 

- Promoted Flying Officer ( December 2nd, 1944 ). 

- R.A.F. St. Davids ( Pembrokeshire, Wales ). 

- No. 71 Base, No. 7 ( Operational Training ) Group ( Heavy Conversion 

   Units ), R.A.F. Lindholme ( Yorkshire, England ). 

After the war, Patrick Moore remained in the R.A.F. : 

- Flying Officer ( commission relinquished, November 24th, 1945 ). 

- Pilot Officer ( December 5th, 1945 ). 

- Training Branch, Pilot Officer ( appointment to commission, June 13th, 

   1946 ). 

- Flight Commander, East Grinstead Air Training Cadets. 

- Pilot Officer ( commission resigned, September 5th, 1947 ). 

Patrick Moore rejected a grant to study at the University of Cambridge, citing a wish to " stand on my own two feet ". He was a teacher in Woking ( Surrey, England ) and at Holmewood House School in Langton Green ( Kent, England ) from 1948 to 1953. He wrote his first book, Guide to the Moon ( later retitled Patrick Moore on the Moon ) in 1952, and it was published a year later. Patrick Moore developed a particular interest in the far side of the Moon, a small part of which is visible from Earth as a result of the Moon's libration ; the Moon was his specialist subject throughout his life. 

His first television appearance was in a debate about the existence of flying saucers following a spate of reported sightings in the 1950's ; Patrick Moore argued against Lord Dowding and other U.F.O. proponents. He was invited to present a live astronomy programme. The very programme was originally named " Star Map " before " The Sky at Night " was chosen in the Radio Times. On April 24th, 1957, at 10:30 p.m., Patrick Moore presented the first episode. In 1959, the Russians allowed Patrick Moore to be the first Westerner to see the photographic results of the Luna 3 probe, and to show them live on air. 

In 1965, he was appointed Director of the newly constructed Armagh Planetarium in Northern Ireland ( a post he held until 1968 ). In developing the Planetarium, Patrick Moore travelled to Japan to secure a Goto Mars projector. He helped with the redevelopment of the Birr Telescope ( Republic of Ireland ). He was a key figure in the development of the Herschel Museum of Astronomy in Bath ( Somerset, England ). During the NASA Apollo programme, presenting on the Apollo 8 mission, Patrick Moore said that " this is one of the great moments of human history ", only to have his broadcast interrupted by the children's programme Jackanory ( 1965 - 1996 ). 

He was elected a member of the International Astronomical Union in 1966 ; having twice edited the Union's General Assembly newsletters. He compiled the Caldwell catalogue of astronomical objects and in 1982, asteroid 2602 Moore was named in his honour. Patrick Moore celebrated the record - breaking 700th episode of " The Sky at Night " at his home ( Selsey, West Sussex, England ) on March 6th, 2011. In January 2012, because of arthritis and the effects of an old spinal injury, he was no longer able to operate a telescope. However, he was still able to present " The Sky at Night " from his home. Patrick Moore died at the age of 89. 

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