Book of the Month
April 2017

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Space and Space Exploration
Edited by Giles Sparrow, Judith John, and Chris McNab

This month’s featured book, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Space and Space Exploration, is donated by Robin Campbell.  Editors Giles Sparrow, Judith John, and Chris McNab in 2014 put together a comprehensive volume describing each of the planets of the solar system, most aspects of the rest of our galaxy beyond, other galaxies, and in the final section, the history of space flight and exploration and an overview of both Russian and western delivery systems. Curiously, a couple of pages are devoted to man’s first space walk, which was by Alexei Leonov on the Voskhod 2 flight in March 1965, but there is scant mention of NASA’s first space walk, that by Ed White aboard Gemini 4 less than three months later. An inset on the Tunguska meteorite explosion of 1908 is titled simply as “Siberian Strike” with an intriguing photograph supposedly showing a 300kg meteorite. Hmm, were there otherwise only tiny spherules found in the fall zone? At over 500 pages with plenty of illustrations, the book is impressive. There’s even a list of all the various animals that have escaped Earth’s gravity well. The book will be added to the Lamplighter Library this month, the library being just off the main entrance to the star theatre.

Check out this book and hundreds of other books, at The Lamplighter Memorial Library, just off the entrance to the star theater.

Mark Zalcik