Roy A(rthur) Gallant Penelope M. Mitchell - Essay

Penelope M. Mitchell

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Although the author begins this description of man's extraterrestrial exploration with a now-familiar account of Apollo II, [Man's Reach for the Stars] is one of the more fascinating and informative additions to the mushrooming number of space travel volumes. About one-third of it is taken from his Man's Reach into Space …; the rest is new. After five well-selected "case accounts" in the history of man's ventures above the earth, the discussion focuses on the major physiological and physical problems inherent in space travel, and presents detailed but highly readable descriptions of what is being done to meet and overcome these hazards. The final two chapters discuss planetary exploration and the...

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