BLAST OFF: AN INNOCENT'S ADVENTURES AT THE DAWN OF

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Dr Ken McCracken was founding chief of the CSIRO Division of Mineral Physics in Sydney, and Director of the CSIRO Office of Space Science and applications, until his retirement in 1989. He now combines life as a beef grazier with work as a private consultant to the minerals exploration industry, working from his home near Bowral in NSW.
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Overview

Dr Ken McCracken was founding chief of the CSIRO Division of Mineral Physics in Sydney, and Director of the CSIRO Office of Space Science and applications, until his retirement in 1989. He now combines life as a beef grazier with work as a private consultant to the minerals exploration industry, working from his home near Bowral in NSW.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781741106442
  • Publisher: New Holland Australia
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: No Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Ken McCracken participated in the heady, early days of space exploration when scientists were almost daily making startling exploration when scientists were almost daily making startling discoveries about space, out atmosphere and the effects of the Sun on Earth's magnetic field and atmosphere.
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Table of Contents


Prologue     10
Dawn of the Space Age     13
The first stirrings of science     22
Home-brew rockets     26
University days     29
Exploring the Cosmos     41
Meson song     49
Explosions on the Sun     53
Lic Lic Skule Boi     61
Sputnik I     69
Jim van Allen     75
Cupid in the Space Age     83
Satellites-up close     89
My ticket to space     97
Magnetic expressways in space     109
Skyhooks     117
Spudnik     125
There's many a slip     131
An Australian family in Camelot     141
Lunch with the President     149
But for the grace of God     153
Blast off     161
Pioneer 6: an intimate view     166
The excitement of discovery     176
Give them a shovel     187
Someone has to do it     194
Woomera     204
Mentors, advocates and personalities     217
Little green men and other weird tales     230
A better banknote     240
The big change     246
Remote sensing     257
Winding the clock back     263
To the edge of the Solar System     270
Feral physicist farm     276
Our fickle Sun     281
A few reflections     286
The next 50 years in space     291
Sources     299
Further reading     300
About the author     301
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