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Mankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration

Mankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Piantadosi, Claude A.

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Seeking to reenergize Americans' passion for the space program, the value of further exploration of the Moon, and the importance of human beings on the final frontier, Claude A. Piantadosi presents a rich history of American space exploration and its major achievements. He emphas...izes the importance of reclaiming national command of our manned program and continuing our unmanned space missions, and he stresses the many adventures that still await us in the unfolding universe. Acknowledging space exploration's practical and financial obstacles, Piantadosi challenges us to revitalize American leadership in space exploration in order to reap its scientific bounty. Piantadosi explains why space exploration, a captivating story of ambition, invention, and discovery, is also increasingly difficult and why space experts always seem to disagree. He argues that the future of the space program requires merging the practicalities of exploration with the constraints of human biology. Space science deals with the unknown, and the margin (and budget) for error is small. Lethal near-vacuum conditions, deadly cosmic radiation, microgravity, vast distances, and highly scattered resources remain immense physical problems. To forge ahead, America needs to develop affordable space transportation and flexible exploration strategies based in sound science. Piantadosi closes with suggestions for accomplishing these goals, combining his healthy skepticism as a scientist with an unshakable belief in space's untapped -- and wholly worthwhile -- potential.
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ISBN 9780231162432
Released NZ 15 Nov 2014
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Language English (translated from: English)
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ISBN-13 9780231162432
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Imprint Columbia University Press
Released 15 Nov 2014
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Piantadosi, Claude A.
Category Science: General Issues
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 20mm
Dewey Code 629.45
Weight 397g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Astronautics - History - United States, Outer space - Exploration, Astronautics - United States - Forecasting
NBS Text Other Specific Technologies
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly