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Chronological Encyclopedia of Discoveries in Space cover

After being in print for twenty years, the Chronological Encyclopedia of Discoveries in Space, covering everything that was learned on every single space mission in the 20th century, has finally gone out of print.

 
I presently have my last four hardback copies available for sale. The book sold new for about $90. To get your own autographed copy of this now rare collector's item, please send a $120 check (which includes shipping) payable to Robert Zimmerman to


Behind The Black, c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
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"Useful to space buffs and generalists, comprehensive but readable, Bob Zimmerman's Encyclopedia belongs front and center on everyone's bookshelf." -- Mike Collins, Apollo 11 astronaut

 

"The Chronological Encylopedia of Discoveries in Space is no passionless compendium of information. Robert Zimmerman's fact-filled reports, which cover virtually every spacecraft or probe to have ventured into the heavens, relate the scientific and technical adventure of space exploration enthusiastically and with authority." -- American Scientist

An evening pause: Technology developed with slide rules and the English system of measurements, more than half a century ago, that still works today.

Hat tip Tom Biggar.

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7 comments

  • Peter Francis

    So fascinating. The industrial engineering behind post-war technology is sooo not recognized enough.

  • D McMillan

    That entire YouTube channel had similarly answering stuff, but it seems to have gone fallow, which I really regret.

  • ” Technology developed with slide rules and the English system of measurements, more than half a century ago, that still works today.”

    Like the B-52?

  • wayne

    “Master Hands”
    1936
    [Flint, Michigan Chevrolet assembly Plant]
    Jam Handy Organization
    Prelinger Archives 4K scan from 35mm print.
    https://youtu.be/Pr8rCNaASlc
    31:48

    Selected for the 1999 National Film Registry

  • David Walden

    Who is John Galt?

  • Joe

    Germany was very advanced, but thankfully not enough, how does a civilization that advanced fall into the traps Germany fell into?
    David, indeed, Atlas Shrugged should be mandatory reading .

  • Edward

    Joe asked: “how does a civilization that advanced fall into the traps Germany fell into?

    Technological advancement is different from social, political, or economic advancement.

    Socialism (NAZI is an acronym for a name that translates to National Socialist German Workers’ Party) sounds like it is a fair system that provides for everyone. “From each according to his ability, from each according to his need” sounds completely fair, but the reality is that it does not work, because too many people pretend to be less-abled and overly needy. Sure, everyone is equal, but as Orwell pointed out, some are more equal than others. Specifically, the leaders.

    It is how other nations fell into the trap. Venezuela being a recent example.

    This is how a civilization as advanced as the United States, and especially its Democratic Party, is falling into a similar trap.

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