From Library Journal
A companion volume to an upcoming PBS series, this book attempts to provide a new perspective on recent advances in space, showing that space technology and space exploration have forever changed our view of the cosmos and of ourselves. As a general introduction, it succeeds quite well. Walter recaps the role of early Apollo photographs of earth in raising our ecological consciousness and of later, unstaffed planetary probes in reinforcing awareness of the fragility of our planet. How applications satellites have made a reality of the global village through worldwide communications, how weather satellites have revolutionized severe storm forecasting, and how earth resources satellite data are being used to manage the earth's finite resources--all are succinctly explained, as is the crucial role played by military spy satellites in keeping the Cold War cold. Walter concludes with a look ahead at plans for staffed lunar outposts, trips to Mars, and the economic potential of a space-based economy. The TV series may create demand, but libraries already owning the similar Blueprint for Space: Science Fiction to Science Fact ( LJ 2/15/92) may wish to skip this work. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/92.- Thomas J. Frieling, Bain bridge Coll., Ga .
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