Beyond: Our Future in Space

Beyond: Our Future in Space

by Chris Impey


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Beyond: Our Future in Space by Chris Impey

“Expansive and enlightening. . . . Impey packs his prose with wonderful anecdotes and weird factoids.”—New York Times Book ReviewHuman exploration has been an unceasing engine of technological progress, from the first homo sapiens to leave our African cradle to a future in which mankind promises to settle another world. Beyond tells the epic story of humanity leaving home—and how humans will soon thrive in the vast universe beyond the earth.A dazzling and propulsive voyage through space and time, Beyond reveals how centuries of space explorers—from the earliest stargazers to today’s cutting-edge researchers—all draw inspiration from an innate human emotion: wanderlust. This urge to explore led us to multiply around the globe, and it can be traced in our DNA.Today, the urge to discover manifests itself in jaw-dropping ways: plans for space elevators poised to replace rockets at a fraction of the cost; experiments in suspending and reanimating life for ultra-long-distance travel; prototypes for solar sails that coast through space on the momentum of microwaves released from the Earth. With these ventures, private companies and entrepreneurs have the potential to outpace NASA as the leaders in a new space race.Combining expert knowledge of astronomy and avant-garde technology, Chris Impey guides us through the heady possibilities for the next century of exploration. In twenty years, a vibrant commercial space industry will be operating. In thirty years, there will be small but viable colonies on the Moon and Mars. In fifty years, mining technology will have advanced enough to harvest resources from asteroids. In a hundred years, a cohort of humans born off-Earth will come of age without ever visiting humanity’s home planet. This is not the stuff of science fiction but rather the logical extension of already available technologies.Beyond shows that space exploration is not just the domain of technocrats, but the birthright of everyone and the destiny of generations to come. To continue exploration is to ensure our survival. Outer space, a limitless unknown, awaits us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393352153
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/07/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 789,488
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Chris Impey is a distinguished professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Arizona and the critically-acclaimed author of Beyond, How It Began, and How It Ends, and four other books, as well as two astronomy textbooks. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Part I Prelude 1

1 Dreaming of Beyond 5

2 Rockets and Bombs 21

3 Send In the Robots 40

Part II Present 59

4 Revolution Is Coming 63

5 Meet the Entrepreneurs 81

6 Beyond the Horizon 99

7 A Plethora of Planets 118

Part III Future 135

8 The Next Space Race 139

9 Our Next Home 157

10 Remote Sensing 175

11 Living Off-Earth 192

Part IV Beyond 209

12 Journey to the Stars 213

13 Cosmic Companionship 233

14 A Universe Made for Us 248

Notes 265

Credits 295

Index 297

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why are Levy's and Sobel's reviews word-for-word the same? Kind of makes all the reviews suspect. This book may be great. However, if you cannot trust the professional reviews, how do you make an informed choice?