Space: The Next Twenty-Five Years

Thomas R. McDonough, Author John Wiley & Sons $17.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-471-85671-9
In this latest entry in the postChallenger space-books sweepstakes, McDonough writes with clarity and a pop-science touch. The volume's 16 chapters are fairly short, although interlarded with excellently chosen block inserts from official NASA documents and writings by well-known science writers and experts. He offers a brief history of space exploration up to Neil Armstrong, takes a less-than exhaustive look at the Space Shuttle and concludes with a discussion of what the vehicle is still expected to do in spaceif the money is available. Because he is an engineer, McDonough is sharp on space-vehicle design, but his overview of anticipated new space discoveries and industrial-military uses lacks the richness of astrophysicist Harry L. Shipman's Space 2000. (PW Forecasts, May 1). McDonough, also wrote The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. Illustrations. (July 28)
Reviewed on: 06/01/1987
Release date: 06/01/1987
Paperback - 256 pages - 978-0-471-50335-4
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