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Addition to the Space Library: We Came in Peace: The Story of Man in Space

This book is a beautiful medley of photographs and illustrations outlining the Apollo program and the future of the space program. If only we were still taking trips to the moon! Some of my favorite notes:

Dedication: To those men and women who have given so much of their talent that man may walk among the stars.

The typeface, Galaxia, used on front cover and various editorial headlines was designed especially for the book by William Reid.

Published by Classic Press Inc., San Rafael, CA with Professional Press, Inc., Chicago, IL. Copyright 1969. First printing, September, 1969.

Photographs and illustrations used in this publication courtesy of Smithsonian Institution, North American-Rockwell, the CA Institute of Technology, and the Carnegie Insitution of Washington.

MISSION PROFILE: Hurtling along at thousands of miles an hour, the spaceman lives in a lonely and forboding vacuum, at once frightening and yet beautiful beyond earthbound understanding.

FOR ALL MANKIND: Man’s first assault of his neighboring satellite was about 20 miles southwest of the crater Maskelyne, which is on the right side of the Moon as viewed by Earth. Crude as this flight will appear to future generations, history will record Apollo 11 as one of the most remarkable achievements of all time.

THE SOLAR SYSTEM: At a distance of more than 3 billion miles, the sun looks only like a bright star in the sky and sheds very little light on Pluto. It takes Pluto 248 years to circle the sun a single time! Pluto is perhaps just a little smaller than Mars, making it the second smallest planet. Because of its great distance, very little more is known about it.

YOUR FUTURE IN SPACE: When you finish college, many thousands of qualitifed young men and women will be needed. By that time, the US should have a large space station circling in orbit far above the earth. As many as a hundred people may be living in the station, carrying out scientific work. At the same time, the US will probably have built a scientific station on the moon.

All astronauts must be citizens of the United States. They must be no taller than six feet because quaters in spacecraft are cramped. They must be no older than 34 years of age. Those who will pilot spaceships must have at least 1,000 hours of experience as jet pilots or must have had similar experience with the Armed Forces, NASA, or the aircraft industry. The scientists-astronauts are given training in piloting aircraft and spacecraft. So far, no woman who has applied to become an astronaut has been able to fulfill all the qualifications. In the future, however, there may be many woman astronauts. The Russians have already sent a young woman cosmonaut in orbit around the earth.