The Smithsonian history of space exploration : from the ancient world to the extraterrestrial future
by
 
Launius, Roger D. author.

Title
The Smithsonian history of space exploration : from the ancient world to the extraterrestrial future

Author
Launius, Roger D. author.

ISBN
9781588346377

Physical Description
400 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm

Contents
Laying the foundations for space exploration -- World War II paves the way for space exploration -- Making space exploration real -- The Space Age dawns -- The race to the moon -- New nations, new missions -- Space planes and orbital stations -- The lure of the Red Planet -- Beyond Mars -- Transterrestrial expectations.

Abstract
Space historian Roger D. Launius examines the thousands of years that humans have endeavored to understand the universe, including the pioneering work undertaken by the ancients of Greece, Rome, and China; the great astronomical discoveries of Renaissance thinkers such as Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler; and the technological and mechanical breakthroughs that have enabled the human race to explore far beyond our own planet in recent decades. He also reveals the future of space exploration, speculating on forthcoming space travel and humans' possible future as an extraterrestrial species.

Subject Term
Astronautics -- History.
 
Manned space flight -- History.
 
Space flight to Mars.
 
Outer space exploration.

Geographic Term
Outer space -- Exploration -- History.

Format
Book

Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2018]


Material TypeShelf NumberBarcodeLibraryStatus
BookSCIENCES SPACE 629.409 LAUN32530608944177Main JCPLAdult Nonfiction Area