I wish to thank the public information specialists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Air Force (USAF), the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), who generously provided much of the technical materials used in the preparation of this set. Acknowledgment is made here for the efforts of Frank Darmstadt and other members of the editorial staff at Facts On File whose diligent attention to detail helped transform an interesting concept into a series of publishable works. The support of two other special people merits public recognition here. The first individual is my physician, Charles S. Stewart III, M.D., whose medical skills allowed me to complete the set successfully. The second individual is my wife, Joan, who has provided for the past 42 years the loving spiritual and emotional environment so essential in the successful completion of any undertaking in life, including the production of this set.
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