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New PDF release: A Dictionary of the Space Age (New Series in NASA History)

By Paul Dickson

ISBN-10: 0801891159

ISBN-13: 9780801891151

The release of Sputnik 1 in 1957 ushered in an exhilarating period of medical and technological development. As tv information anchors, radio hosts, and reporters said the happenings of the yankee and the Soviet area courses to thousands of captivated electorate, phrases that belonged to the worlds of technological know-how, aviation, and technology fiction unexpectedly grew to become a part of the colloquial language. what is extra, NASA used a litany of acronyms in a lot of its legitimate correspondence so one can transmit as a lot details in as little time as attainable. To translate this strange vocabulary, Paul Dickson has compiled the curious lingo and mystifying acronyms of NASA in an obtainable dictionary of the names, phrases, and words of the gap Age.

Aviators, fighter pilots, and attempt pilots coined the words "spam in a can" (how astronauts felt prelaunch as they sat in a tiny tablet atop a rocket booster); "tickety-boo" (things are fine), and "the Eagle has landed" (Neil Armstrong's well-known quote while Apollo eleven landed at the Moon).

This dictionary captures a broader beginning for language of the distance Age in keeping with the old ideas hired via the Oxford English Dictionary and Webster's New 3rd overseas Dictionary. notice histories for significant phrases are certain in a conversational tone, and technical phrases are deciphered for the pupil and lay reader.

This is a must-own reference for area historical past buffs.

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