Space Exploration for Dummies

Author(s): Cynthia Phillips


This is a comprehensive guide to man's achievements in space. As NASA celebrates more than 50 years of space exploration, "Space Exploration For Dummies" examines the scientific discoveries and advancements in space exploration throughout history, from early astronomers to the International Space Station. This fully illustrated title takes readers on a guided tour of our solar system and gives them a glimpse of what lies beyond. It highlights the various advancements in technology that have allowed our exploration of space to flourish, from early rockets to hypothetical space elevators. It also examines the nature of satellites and unmanned probes and how they have shaped our understanding of the universe. Readers will discover the obstacles of sending a human to Mars and ponder the question: is it time for human habitation of space?


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Cynthia Phillips, PhD, and Shana Priwer are the coauthors of 14 books on subjects including astronomy, Einstein, da Vinci, the physics of the built environment, and a variety of other topics. Phillips works at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe at the SETI Institute. Priwer works for an architectural/design software company.

Introduction. Part I: Space Exploration: Where, Who, and How. Chapter 1: Space Exploration in a Nutshell. Chapter 2: A Tour of the Universe. Chapter 3: Yes, It's Rocket (And Spacecraft) Science After All. Chapter 4: The Life and Times of an Astronaut. Chapter 5: Tragedies in Space. Part II: The Great Space Race. Chapter 6: A Small Beeping Sphere and the Dawn of the Space Age. Chapter 7: What a Ride! The First People in Space. Chapter 8: Sending Robots to the Moon. Chapter 9: Man on the Moon: Project Apollo. Chapter 10: Continued Lunar Exploration after Apollo 11. Chapter 11: Going on a Grand Tour of the Solar System. Chapter 12: The First Space Stations and the End of the Space Race. Part III: Second-Generation Missions. Chapter 13: The Space Shuttle and Mir Space Station: The Dawn of Modern Space Exploration. Chapter 14 : Prime Time for the Space Shuttle: From the 1980s into the 21st Century. Chapter 15: Revenge of the Red Planet: Successes and Failures in Mars Exploration. Chapter 16: Exploring the Inner Solar System. Chapter 17: Voyages to the Outer Solar System. Part IV: Current Space Exploration. Chapter 18: What a View! Telescopes in Space. Chapter 19: A Symbol of Global Cooperation: The International Space Station. Chapter 20: New Views of Mars in the New Millennium. Part V: The Future of Space Exploration. Chapter 21: More in Store: Upcoming Space Missions. Chapter 22: Increasing Access to Space. Chapter 23: Why Continue to Explore Space? Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 24: Ten Places to Look for Life beyond Earth. Chapter 25: Ten Ways Space Travel Isn't Like Television or the Movies. Chapter 26: Ten Types of Everyday Items Brought to You Courtesy of NASA. Index.

General Fields

  • : 9780470445730
  • : June 2009
  • : 234mm X 189mm X 23mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Cynthia Phillips
  • : Paperback
  • : 629.4
  • : 384
  • : illustrations