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University of Iowa Press
James Van Allen

James Van Allen

by Abigail Foerstner
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ISBN-13: 9780877459996
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 11/15/2007
Pages: 396
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Abigail Foerstner teaches science writing and news writing in the graduate program at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. As a staff reporter for the suburban sections of the Chicago Tribune, she covered science and the environment for nearly ten years. She spent seven years researching and writing James Van Allen: The First Eight Billion Miles.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xv
Abbreviations and Acronyms     xix
Frontier Roots     1
Heartland Boyhood     16
The Making of a Scientist     35
Physicists to the War Effort     50
Enter Abigail Fithian Halsey     67
The Dawn of Space Exploration     75
The Mighty Little Aerobee     93
It's a Rocket! It's a Balloon! It's a Rockoon!     106
Sputnik and the Space Race     122
Countdown to Explorer I     142
Celebrity Scientist and the Birth of NASA     161
Discovery of the Radiation Belts     175
Space Shield for the Cold War     187
Space as a Cottage Industry     200
The Mariners     213
Pioneers to the Outer Planets     229
Space Politics     248
Journey to the Edge of the Solar System     265
Notes     277
Selected Bibliography     295
Index     301

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