Exploring Space, Revised Edition

Overview

Throughout history, people have tried to understand Earth's place in the universe and what else, if anything, is "out there." This has led to great discoveries: from astrologers in ancient Babylon and Egypt who sought to link the planetary paths to human behavior, to the seventeenth century when Galileo turned his first telescope on the night sky, to the twenty-first century when robotic explorers landed on Mars. While the challenges and triumphs of space exploration have contributed great knowledge to the world,...

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Overview

Throughout history, people have tried to understand Earth's place in the universe and what else, if anything, is "out there." This has led to great discoveries: from astrologers in ancient Babylon and Egypt who sought to link the planetary paths to human behavior, to the seventeenth century when Galileo turned his first telescope on the night sky, to the twenty-first century when robotic explorers landed on Mars. While the challenges and triumphs of space exploration have contributed great knowledge to the world, scientists and dreamers continue to look further, wondering what else lies beyond the reach of rockets and telescopes. Exploring Space, Revised Edition offers extensive coverage of human explorations into space, giving up-to-date information about the current state of exploration in the final frontier.

From the expeditions of the ancient world to the future of space exploration in the twenty-first century, Discovery & Exploration conveys the wonders, dangers, and excitement of exploring the unknown. From the earliest explorations to today, first-hand accounts of incidents, climate, and civilizations set the stage for a gripping narrative about key events in world history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604131888
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Series: Discovery and Exploration Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 "Houston, We've had A Problem" 7

2 Exploring the Universe: From Ptolemy to Newton and Beyond 16

3 First Steps to Space: Germans, Soviets, and Americans 25

4 The Race for the Moon 40

5 Space Stations 50

6 The Space Shuttles 58

7 Unmanned Space Exploration 66

8 The Hubble Space Telescope 75

9 Seeing to the Beginning of time 83

10 What Lies Ahead 89

Chronology 97

Timeline 98

Glossary 101

Bibliography 109

Further Resources 111

Picture Credits 113

Index 114

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