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Frontiers of Space Exploration, 2nd Edition

Frontiers of Space Exploration, 2nd Edition

Topics and events newly covered in this revised and updated edition include: a new chapter on the Space Shuttle; new discoveries from the Galileo mission; the Mars probes and the Mars Global Surveyor's discovery of past water on the Red Planet; improvements to the Hubble telescop... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780313325243
Published 1 March 2004 by ABC-CLIO
Format Hardback, 2nd Revised edition
Author(s) By Launius, Roger D.
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ISBN-13 9780313325243
ISBN-10 0313325243
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Imprint Greenwood Press
Publication Date 1 March 2004
International Publication Date 30 March 2004
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback, 2nd Revised edition
Edition 2nd Revised edition
Author(s) By Launius, Roger D.
Category Astronomy, Space & Time
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 178mm
Height: 254mm
Spine: 17mm
Weight 738g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 629.45
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Since the first rocket-technology experiments of the early 20th century, space exploration has captivated the world. Recent advances and setbacks have included the new discoveries from the Galileo mission, the Mars Global Surveyor's revelation that water once existed on the Red Planet, the International Space Station, the advent of space tourism, and the devastating Space Shuttle disasters. This one-stop guide to space exploration provides a wealth of information for student researchers. A substantial 'Chronology of Events' and a narrative history outline the key events and people in the progression of space research and activity. Five topical essays--including a look at the Space Shuttle--examine several significant issues related to the politics and technology of space exploration from an international perspective. These chapters elucidate several sets of documents that give shape and substance to the larger story. Primary documents in this volume are organized by theme and represent the variety of materials available to anyone seeking a better understanding of the rise of space exploration. Also included are biographical sketches of key people associated with space flight, a listing of the human space flight missions undertaken since 1961, and an annotated bibliography of additional reading.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review ?After a short chronology of space events, Launius, a noted space historian, reviews in five sections the history of space exploration, covers the moon race, points out facets of space exploration (with special attention to the Hubble Space Telescope), and then describes our space shuttle and the international efforts that led to the sequence of Soviet space stations and the international space station....Recommended. Professionals.?-Choice

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Author's Bio

ROGER D. LAUNIUS is chair of the Division of Space History of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. He has written or edited several books on aerospace history, including Space Stations: Base Camps to the Stars (2003), To Reach the High Frontier: A History of U.S. Launch Vehicles, with Dennis R. Jenkins (2002), Imagining Space: Achievements, Predictions, Possibilities, 1950-2050, with Howard E. McCurdy (2001), and Innovation and the Development of Flight (1999).

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