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Lost In Space

Lost In Space
 

Argues that ever since the triumphant Apollo moon missions, the Space Age has been stuck in the wrong orbit, and that NASA, the agency whose daring once fueled the world's extra-terrestrial vision, has been largely responsible for keeping it there.

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ISBN 9781409001379
Barcode 9781409001379
Published 20 July 2010 by Random House
Available in EPUB format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en
Author(s) By Klerkx, Greg
Availability Wheelers ePlatform

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Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9781409001379
ISBN-10 1409001377
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Random House
Imprint Vintage Digital
Publication Date 20 July 2010
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Klerkx, Greg
Category History
Science: General Issues
Popular Science
Popular Astronomy
Space Travel & Exploration
Physics
Technology, Engineering & Agriculture
Astronautics
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Astronauts and civilization, Astronauts and state - United States
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 629.40973
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Electronic Book

In Lost in Space, Greg Klerkx argues that ever since the triumphant Apollo moon missions, the Space Age has been stuck in the wrong orbit, and that NASA, the agency whose daring once fueled the world's extra-terrestrial vision, has been largely responsible for keeping it there. Stripped of its Cold War mandate, NASA has become an introverted technocracy whose signature post-Apollo projects - the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station - are perhaps the two most spectacular boondoggles of the modern era. Through it all, NASA has ignored, belittled and in some cases actively quashed the one concept that could change the equation for the future of humans in space: human spaceflight as a free market activity. Despite this, a new Space Age is, in fact, in the making, led by dreamers, investors, inventors and even renegades from NASA itself. Drawn from dozens of interviews, extensive research, and Klerkx's own experiences as a senior manager with the SETI Institute, Lost in Space chronicles the flashpoints where the space establishment and the 'alternative' space community are battling for competing visions. Like the dream of space exploration itself, Lost in Space is less about science or technology than it is about people: their motivations, their ideas, and how their life's work is driven by an almost biological need to reach for the stars. Written with intelligence, style and wit, it is an elegy for the brief, bright Space Age that was, as well as the first comprehensive chronicle of a dawning new Space Age that could literally change the course of humankind.

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Author's Bio

Greg Klerkx is a former senior manager of the SETI Institute, an independent space exploration and research institution based in California's Silicon Valley. Trained as a journalist, he won numerous news-writing awards and now divides his time between London and San Francisco. Lost in Space is his first book.

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