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The Smithsonian history of space exploration : from the ancient world to the extraterrestrial future
Title:
The Smithsonian history of space exploration : from the ancient world to the extraterrestrial future
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.
Format:
Book
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice:
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2018]

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