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George Orwell


Nineteen Eighty-Four
Year 1949
Publisher Penguin
ISBN 0451524934



1984 is the year in which it happens.
The world is divided into three great powers, Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia, each perpetually at war with the other.  Throughout Oceania 'The Party' rules by the agency of four ministries, whose power is absolute - the Ministry of Peace which deals with war, the Ministry of Love (headquarters of the dreaded Thought Police) which deals with law and order, the Ministry of Plenty which deals in scarcities, and the Ministry of Truth which deals with propaganda.  The authorities keep a check on every action, word, gesture, or thought.



George Orwell's satire has been compared with that of Swift, and in Nineteen Eighty-Four the satire is the framework for one of the most moving stories to have been published in this generation - the human story of Winston Smith and his revolt against the Party's rule.


Floating Free



Credit: NASA

Floating Free
In February 1984, Mission Specialist Bruce McCandless II went further away from the confines and safety of his ship than any previous astronaut had ever been. This space first was made possible by the Manned Manuevering Unit or MMU, a nitrogen jet propelled backpack. After a series of test maneuvers inside and above Challenger's payload bay, McCandless went "free-flying" to a distance of 320 feet away from the Orbiter. This stunning orbital panorama view shows McCandless out there amongst the black and blue of Earth and space.

NASA Image of the day archive





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