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A dictionary of the space age

Author: Paul Dickson
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
Series: New series in NASA history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957 ushered in an exciting era of scientific and technological advancement. As television news anchors, radio hosts, and journalists reported the happenings of the American and the Soviet space programs to millions of captivated citizens, words that belonged to the worlds of science, aviation, and science fiction suddenly became part of the colloquial language. What's more, NASA used a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dictionaries
Dictionnaires anglais
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Dickson
ISBN: 9780801891151 0801891159
OCLC Number: 229446240
Description: xxiv, 260 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Steven J. Dick --
Introduction and Notes on Method : Scope And Criteria ; How To Use The Dictionary ; Sources And Sourcing --
Abbreviations --
The Dictionary: A-Z.
Series Title: New series in NASA history.
Responsibility: Paul Dickson.
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For those seeking to understand both the definitions of many commonly-used words in the space field, as well as the origins, A Dictionary of the Space Age makes for a good investment. -- Jeff Foust Read more...

 
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