A Dictionary of the Space Age
Aviators, fighter pilots, and test pilots coined the phrases "spam in a can" (how astronauts felt prelaunch as they sat in a tiny capsule atop a rocket booster); "tickety-boo" (things are fine), and "the Eagle has landed" (Neil Armstrong's famous quote when Apollo 11 landed on the Moon).
This dictionary captures a broader foundation for language of the Space Age based on the historic principles employed by the Oxford English Dictionary and Webster's New Third International Dictionary. Word histories for major terms are detailed in a conversational tone, and technical terms are deciphered for the interested student and lay reader.
This is a must-own reference for space history buffs.
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"This is a must-own reference for space history buffs."—Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin
"The dictionary is well produced and easy to consult. For its comprehensive coverage of names, nicknames and technical terms and for its excellent discussion of the origins and use of terms, it is a very useful supplement to standard dictionaries as well as an invaluable guide for anyone interested in past or present space exploration and its terms."—Stuart James, Reference Reviews
"Well-researched, concise compilation that would be a good source for basic information and as a beginning to further research."—Martha Lawler, American Reference Books Annual
"If you are interested in learning more about space flight—or wish to do so—this is a good book for you."—UniverseToday.com
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