A Dictionary of the Space Age (New Series in NASA History) by Paul Dickson

By Paul Dickson

The release of Sputnik 1 in 1957 ushered in an exhilarating period of clinical and technological development. As tv information anchors, radio hosts, and newshounds mentioned the happenings of the yankee and the Soviet house courses to hundreds of thousands of captivated voters, phrases that belonged to the worlds of technological know-how, aviation, and technology fiction without warning grew to become a part of the colloquial language. what is extra, NASA used a litany of acronyms in a lot of its authentic correspondence to be able to transmit as a lot details in as little time as attainable. To translate this ordinary vocabulary, Paul Dickson has compiled the curious lingo and mystifying acronyms of NASA in an available dictionary of the names, phrases, and words of the gap Age.

Aviators, fighter pilots, and try out pilots coined the words "spam in a can" (how astronauts felt prelaunch as they sat in a tiny pill 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 origin for language of the gap Age in keeping with the historical rules hired through the Oxford English Dictionary and Webster's New 3rd overseas Dictionary. note histories for significant phrases are exact in a conversational tone, and technical phrases are deciphered for the pupil and lay reader.

This is a must-own reference for house heritage buffs.

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