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  • ISBN: 9780306810480
  • ISBN10: 0306810484

The Dream of Spaceflight: Essays on the Near Edge of Infinity

by Wachhorst, Wyn A Aldrin, Buzz

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publish date: 05/01/2001
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One of few truly gifted essayists who have turned their talents to science, Wyn Wachhorst here fashions a luminous meditation on the meaning of space exploration from a montage of images and reflections on humanity's dream of space-flight. In a survey of major figures from Johannes Kepler to Wernher von Braun, he sees in the rise of spaceflight a metaphor of modern history as a recurrent story of transformation and rebirth. Other essays offer new perspectives on the nature of wonder, recall the romantic vision of the decades prior to Sputnik ("nostalgia for a bygone future"), and look at the larger meaning of the moon landing, seeing in spaceflight not only a spiritual quest in the broadest sense of the word, but a cure for the withered capacity for wonder that afflicts the postmodern mind.
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