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 a thrilling period of clinical and technological development. As tv information anchors, radio hosts, and reporters said the happenings of the yank 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 unexpectedly turned a part of the colloquial language. what is extra, NASA used a litany of acronyms in a lot of its legitimate correspondence in order to transmit as a lot details in as little time as attainable. To translate this abnormal 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 tablet atop a rocket booster); "tickety-boo" (things are fine), and "the Eagle has landed" (Neil Armstrong's recognized quote while Apollo eleven landed at the Moon).

This dictionary captures a broader origin for language of the gap Age in line with the ancient ideas hired by means of the Oxford English Dictionary and Webster's New 3rd foreign Dictionary. observe 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 house historical past buffs.

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