A staple of early twentieth-century fiction, space stations orbiting Earth became a reality when the Soviet Union launched the first of seven terminals in 1971. By 2002, sixteen nations had become involved in a joint project to design and construct the International Space Station.
This fact-filled coloring book spotlights the many efforts to establish a docking station in space, including a 1950s concept for a "spoked wheel," similar to the docking station depicted in the 1968 film 2001, A Space Odyssey; the Russian MIR Complex (1986-2001); astronauts and cosmonauts constructing the International Space Station; a visualization of the finished project, complete with solar panels, thermal radiators, a U. S. research lab, and a habitat module; and more. Captions accompany illustrations in a book that will thrill colorists and would-be space travelers alike.
About the Author
An award-winning artist, writer, and graphic designer, Bruce LaFontaine specializes in books about history, science, transportation, and architecture. Bruce has written and illustrated 70 Dover titles, and his work has appeared in Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal, and other prominent publications.