Many of us dream of "seeing the world," but few of us ever expect to see it as an astronaut does—from space. Thus, it is a special treat to travel along in our imaginations with Dr. Jay Apt as he takes us on a world tour from an astronaut’s perspective. With lively commentary on photographs taken by the crew of the U.S. Space Shuttle fleet’s 50th journey into space, Flight Engineer Jay Apt continues a tradition begun with the Apollo astronauts of relaying warmly and intelligently this unique perspective of our home from space. In doing so, he conveys the essence of all of our nation’s best and bravest space explorers: their adventurous spirit, historical interest, scientific knowledge, and visionary skills.

The "Endeavour Views the Earth" Electronic PictureBook contains a total of 40 full-color images of Earth. Captions accompanying the images describe the location in latitude and longitude of the areas being viewed, as well as their importance in geographical, geological, environmental, and social terms. Maps of the various areas highlighted and CIA's The World Factbook, containing background information on the world’s people, culture, geography, history, government, economy, political conditions, and a country map, are included.

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The World Factbook

The World Factbook, which is produced annually by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), is now available as an ExInEd electronic publication in a quick, easy-to-use, interactive format. A compendium of useful facts about every country in the world, The World Factbook includes background information on the world’s people, culture, geography, government, economy, political conditions, and defense forces, as well as information on the United Nations and other international organizations. Each of the 261 entries includes a map of that country or region with major population centers highlighted. The World Factbook is designed as reference work to interoperate with ExInEd's Endeavour Views the Earth or or to be used as a stand-alone Electronic PictureBook. Teachers, students, writers, travelers; for Model U.N. or a business trip—all will find this fascinating collection of facts to be an indispensable information source.

The Endeavour Views and the Earth and The World Factbook Electronic PictureBooks are HyperCard® stacks designed to run on a color Macintosh® computer with at least 2.5 megabytes of available RAM, sufficient hard disk space to contain the Electronic Picturebooks, System 7.0, and HyperCard 2.1 or HyperCard Player 2.1.

Note: For Endeavour Views the Earth and The World Factbook to access one another, both Electronic PictureBooks must reside in the same folder.

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