Chronological Encyclopedia of Discoveries in Space

Overview

Since the historic launch of Sputnik by the Soviet Union in 1957, the world has been enthralled first by the race to the Moon and later by the exploration of space. Lost in the international competition, however, are the hundreds of other missions (commercial, military, and scientific explorations) that have taken place over the past four decades. This encyclopedia gives readers—for the first time—a complete picture of every space mission of every country that has taken place from Sputnik through 1999. In ...

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Overview

Since the historic launch of Sputnik by the Soviet Union in 1957, the world has been enthralled first by the race to the Moon and later by the exploration of space. Lost in the international competition, however, are the hundreds of other missions (commercial, military, and scientific explorations) that have taken place over the past four decades. This encyclopedia gives readers—for the first time—a complete picture of every space mission of every country that has taken place from Sputnik through 1999. In addition to providing a chronology of launches worldwide (over 1,000 in all), this encyclopedia includes hard-to-find information on the scientific objectives and results of these missions.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Catalogs, in historical sequences, hundreds of spacecraft launched by various nations, consortia, and private companies. Every mission into space from every nation is described, including manned missions, planetary probes, communications networks, scientific research missions, and different types of satellites. Scientific experiments and their results are described. These results are placed in historic context by cross-referencing each mission. An introduction provides context for the era of space exploration. Includes a chronology. Zimmerman is a science writer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From The Critics
The past 40 years have witnessed an extremely active space exploration program on the part of governments, the military, and corporations. This monumental tome gathers together for the first time in one book a chronological catalog of these various space missions. Over 1,000 entries record the date of launch, name of the spacecraft(s), summary of the mission, names of the crew members, experiments, problems, and discoveries in a clear and concise fashion. Seemingly every single space mission is included, encompassing spaceflight with and without human crews, military and civilian ventures, public and commercial ventures, planetary probes, and communications satellites. A set of eight pages of color plates and over 250 black-and-white photographs from public and private collections around the world, along with diagrams of satellites and selected spacecraft, complement the narrative. The entire chronology is set in the context of an opening eight-page chapter which highlights key things that were "known" before 1957 in regard to planets, interplanetary space, stars and galaxies, and the earth. Many of these items were subsequently revised in light of actual exploration—a reminder of the constantly changing knowledge base of science as instrumentation, data sources, and guiding explanatory frameworks improve over time. An excellent cross-referencing system within the text, as well as extensive subject indices by satellite, mission, and nation or consortia, helps the reader follow particular interests in detail. A five-page glossary of key acronyms and terms and a well-chosen three-page bibliography assist reader comprehension. There is no comparable source to this volume for itscomprehensiveness and conciseness. Every school library should get a copy. Highly Recommended, Grades 5-College, Teaching Professional, General Audience. REVIEWER: Dr. Dennis W. Cheek (Rhode Island Department of Education)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573561969
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/23/2000
  • Pages: 442
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT ZIMMERMAN is a science writer and the author of an acclaimed history of the 1960s space race, Genesis: The Story of Apollo 8.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Before 1957

The Chronological Encyclopedia of Discoveries in Space 1957-59 1960-69 1970-79 1980-89 1990-99

Appendix 1. Satellites and Missions Listed Alphabetically

Appendix 2. Satellites and Missions Listed by Subject

Appendix 3. Satellites and Missions Listed by Nation or Group of Nations

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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