Arthur C Clarke's introduction to astronautics
First edition, third printing. Hardback bound in blue cloth with printed titling to spine. 19 × 12.5cm, 164pp.
First published in 1950, this is Arthur C Clarke's short, modestly technical introduction to space exploration. It includes material accessible to readers with a high-school level of science and technical education, covering the elements of orbital mechanics, rocket design and performance, various applications of Earth satellites, a discussion of the more interesting and accessible destinations in the Solar System, and in a final chapter covering the rationale and value of human expansion off the Earth. Illustrated with diagrams and photographs.
A good copy, there is marking to the upper board and light fading to the spine. The contents are in good condition with some tanning to the pages and a previous owner's name to the ffep.