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THE CONQUEST OF SPACE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Willy Ley, rocket expert and science writer, has teamed up with Chesley Bonestell, scientific illustrator, to produce a sort of college-bred version of Buck Rogers' travels, without however resorting to death-rays, anti-gravity belts, and related paraphernalia of comic-book science. Sticking to the facts, they make a fascinating business of the mechanics and mathematics of space travel, and of the conditions likely to be met by the first space-travelers (within the next decade or two- thinks Mr. Ley) when they set off for the first voyage to the moon, Venus, and other members of the solar system. Although much of the technical data on rocket-ship construction, trajectories, planetary ellipses and such will prove tough going for the reader ungrounded in physics, there is ample motivation in the vivid and imaginative illustrations (17 in color, 32 in black and white) to carry one over the difficult sections.

Pub Date: Sept. 16th, 1949
Publisher: Viking