For a time, youngsters were agog with the excitement and adventure of space, and dreamed of becoming astronauts. That passion dimmed somewhat since John Glenn's heroics and Neil Armstrong's memorable giant steps on the moon.

"The dream is alive again," said John Young, commander of the first space shuttle, Columbia. His words inspired the title of an Imax motion picture shot in space by astronauts on the three 1984 shuttle missions and now, a beautiful children's book based on the film.With color photographs befitting the astonishing beauty of space, the book covers not only the three specific missions - from liftoff to space walk, satellite repair and descent to Earth - but also tells youngsters how to become an astronaut, how the shuttles are launched and even how to go to the bathroom in weightless space.

It is aimed at youngsters 8 to 12 and hits the target.