50 Space Missions that Changed the World

by John A. Read

A fully illustrated collection of 50 milestone missions, including many firsts from Canada and the rest of the world.

Since the first spacecraft launched in 1957, there have been many incredible missions that have changed the world. The 50 featured in this collection include Voyager's Grand Tour, Apollo 8 (the first crewed mission to the Moon), the first woman in space and the first communication satellite that brought live television to the world. In the early days of space exploration, the focus was on military dominance. Today, most missions require the collaboration of several different countries and there is a broader range of research. This is an exciting time we are living in. Space history is unfolding right before our eyes!

About the Author

John A. Read

John A. Read is a telescope operator at the Burke-Gaffney Observatory, a member of the Halifax Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), and recently graduated with a degree in astrophysics from Saint Mary's University. In 2020 he was presented with an RASC award for Excellence in Science Communication and is currently co-hosting RASC's new series "Explore the Universe Online." He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


"A recommended purchase for public and school libraries for its ability to make the history of space exploration accessible to young readers."
School Library Journal
"A well-organized overview boosted by some unusual feats and sidelights."
Kirkus Reviews

"A good choice for avid space enthusiasts."

CM: Canadian Review of Materials


Best Books for Kids & Teens - Canadian Children's Book Centre

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