December 14, 1998 12:00 PM

by Bertram Ulrich and Roger D. Launius

Gravity-busting geezer John Glenn helps introduce this history of American space travel, generously illustrated by artists commissioned by NASA over the years, from Norman Rockwell to Robert Rauschenberg. With pencil, pen and paint, they show modules, moon craters, liftoffs, splashdowns, astronauts and even some trippy images of Jupiter and Mars. It should send hardcore NASA buffs into orbit. (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $60)

Bottom Line: A space book that flies

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