THE MOON: Steppingstone to Outer Space by Dorothy E. & Lee Ann Williams Shuttlesworth

THE MOON: Steppingstone to Outer Space

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An undemanding once-over, beginning with pre-scientific myths and superstitions and more recent theories of the moon's origin, then moving quickly from Goddard's rockets and the American ""state of shock"" induced by Sputnik I to Apollo crews' explorations and our consequent knowledge of the moon's surface features and mineral content. (""Proven fact had replaced fantasy and guesswork."") Shuttlesworth fills in with descriptions of lunar phases, eclipses, tides, and ""value"" (this last a pitch for further study) and a rundown on the moons of other planets; moon measurements and a Mercury-Apollo chronology are appended.

Pub Date: Nov. 11th, 1977
Publisher: Doubleday