Space Probes: 50 Years of Exploration from Luna 1 to New Horizons

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The first complete, up-to-date history of space probe exploration.

In just 50 years, space exploration has advanced from the Luna 1, the first artificial object to overcome Earth's gravitational field, to the New Horizons Mission, which will reach Pluto in 2015. Progress has been spectacular, and it bodes well for the remarkable achievements to come.

Space Probes is the first complete and fully illustrated history of the international space ...

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Overview

The first complete, up-to-date history of space probe exploration.

In just 50 years, space exploration has advanced from the Luna 1, the first artificial object to overcome Earth's gravitational field, to the New Horizons Mission, which will reach Pluto in 2015. Progress has been spectacular, and it bodes well for the remarkable achievements to come.

Space Probes is the first complete and fully illustrated history of the international space exploration program. Thoroughly up to date, it is organized by destination and includes every space probe launched by all countries active in space exploration — the United States, the USSR/Russia, the European Union, Japan, China and India. Each probe is described as to its objective, its technology, the hurdles overcome, the successes and failures of the mission, the information gained and the lessons learned. Fascinating photographs and technical drawings give an inside view of each mission, and special features focus on key engineers and physicists and the fruits of their research.

After a section on the history of astronomy, Space Probes covers missions to:

  • The moon, the first objective
  • Venus, our sister planet
  • Mars, the red planet
  • Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, the giant planets
  • Mercury
  • The sun
  • Comets
  • Asteroids and the dwarf planets
  • Future missions.

The book also includes sections on the Apollo Space Program, the USSR-USA space race and a cross-referenced chronological index of all the probes.

Engaging and accessible, Space Probes is a comprehensive and expertly researched encyclopedia of humanity's space explorations, an adventure that has not finished astonishing us.

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Editorial Reviews

Astronomy Now - Emily Baldwin
This was, thankfully, not the heavy-going encyclopedic tome I had been expecting, but an easy-to-read, accessible story of space exploration.
Washington Post - Aaron Leitko
Ever since Sputnik made Earth orbit in 1957, mankind has been flinging tiny flecks of metal...farther and farther from home in an effort to get a grip on our solar system's secrets.... Philippe Seguela compiles them all, cataloging each unmanned mission that one or another earthbound nation has hurled toward a heavenly body..... Seguela also looks at spacecraft still in transit, including the Pluto-bound New Horizons. They may look like sci-fi space junk, but Seguela sees the majesty therein: Just like the pyramids and great cathedrals, solar-system space probes represent glorious monuments to human ingenuity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554079445
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 969,481
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Philippe Séguéla is a professor of neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He has been passionate about space exploration for more than 30 years.

James Oberg, the NBC News Space Consultant, is a well-known interpreter of space exploration. He spent 22 years as a NASA space engineer, and has written ten books and more than a thousand articles about space flight.

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