by Arthur C Clarke
ISBN 0 1403 0635 1
( Puffin / Penguin Books )
First published in 1954

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A book written for young adults that should be enjoyed by all space afficionados. The prescience of the author is astounding. He essentially describes accurately a launch of the Space Shuttle, albeit from the highlands of New Guinea, over 25 years before such a machine took to the sky. His knowledge of how things behave in space and on a space station is similarly incredible.

"He had read everything he could get hold of about aviation and astronauts, seen all the movies and telecasts from space, and made up his mind that some day he was going to look back and watch the Earth shrinking behind him."