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Dotto, Lydia.

Toronto, Irwin Publishing, 1987. 371pp, paper, ISBN 0-7725-1657-X (cloth) $24.95, 0-7725-1559-X (paper) $16.95. CIP

Grades 10 and up
Reviewed by Don Precosky

Volume 15 Number 4
1987 July

Canada's involvement in the U.S. space program, though not always headline news, has been extensive. In this book, science writer Lydia Dotto documents that involvement in great detail. Marc Garneau, the only Canadian to actually travel in space, rightfully commands the most attention, but Dotto also gives full mention to Canada's five other astronauts in training. She takes us behind the scenes to see the rigorous training they go through and gives us a glimpse of the personalities of these latter-day explorers.

After Marc Garneau, Canada's second most famous participant in the space shuttle program has been the Canadarm. The RMS (or remote manipulator system as it is technically known) came to the fore in April 1984 when it was used to retrieve and repair a satellite known as Solar Max and "help pull NASA's bacon out of the fire." Dotto's description of that manoeuvre is particularly dramatic. Once again, she goes deeply into the background history of things, showing the ten years of research and development that led up to that moment.

In the final chapters of the book Dotto looks to the future, particularly to Canadian involvement in the building of an American space station in the next decade.

This book should be for anyone with a general interest in space and in Canadian technology. It is written for the man in the street, refreshingly free of jargon and well illustrated.

Don Precosky, College of New Caledonia, Prince George, B.C.
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