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Moon: An Illustrated History: From Ancient Myths to the Colonies of Tomorrow

Moon: An Illustrated History: From Ancient Myths to the Colonies of Tomorrow

by David Warmflash


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From the moon’s formation, to its potential for future exploration, this richly illustrated volume presents 100 milestones in lunar history.
With dazzling images on every spread, and illuminating text by astrobiologist Dr. David Warmflash, Moon: An Illustrated History chronologically presents 100 milestones in the Moon’s development and exploration. Starting 4.5 billion years ago when the Moon formed, this stunning volume moves from the hypotheses of the Moon’s formation (4.5 billion years ago) to sixth-century BCE predictions of solar eclipses, from the twentieth-century Space Race between the US and the Soviet Union to private space companies and possible future lunar colonies. Find out about lunar calendar systems and cults in the Bible; how lunar brightness was used to estimate stellar distances; how advancing telescopes in the seventeenth century allowed us to eye the Moon more closely; how author Jules Verne inspired the Father of Astronautics; the originals of the Saturn V Moon Rocket; the Apollo missions, and so much more.

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ISBN-13: 9781454931980
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Series: Sterling Illustrated Histories
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,131,138
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. David Warmflash is an astrobiologist and prolific science writer. He was in the first cohort of NASA astrobiology postdoctoral trainees and served as a member of NASA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter Science Definition Team. He has collaborated with The Planetary Society on three experiments that have flown in space, including “the peace experiment” that involved an Israeli and a Palestinian student working with Dr. Warmflash as co-investigators. He has published in scientific journals and popular science publications including Wired UK, Scientific American, Discover, Air and Space, Astronomy Magazine, and others. He contributed to the book George and the Blue Moon by Lucy Hawking and Stephen Hawking, and was interviewed for an article in the Kansas City Star concerning the accuracy of the science in the sci-fi TV series Orphan Black.

Table of Contents

Introduction viii

Acknowledgments xi

4.5 Billion Years Ago Formation of the Moon 1

4.5 Billion Years Ago Moon-Earth Pulling Begins 3

4.3-3.7 Billion Years Ago The Moon and the Origin of Earth Life 5

4.3-3.9 Bullion Years Ago Impacts Carve into Lunar Crust 7

3.9-3.1 Billion Years Ago A Lunar Facelift 9

3.8-3.5 Billion Years Ago Peak of Lunar Volcanic Activity 11

3.2-1.1 Billion Years Ago Eratosthenian Period of Lunar Geological Time 13

1.1 Billion Years Ago Copernican Period of Lunar Geological Time Begins 15

450 Million Years Ago Impact Forms the Aristarchus Crater 17

440-1.5 Million Years Ago Lunar Assistance for Intelligent Land Life 19

c. 8,000 BCE Mesolithic Lunar Calendar 21

23rd Century BCE Humanity's First Author 23

22nd Century BCE Moon Meets the Sun Over China 25

22nd-21st Centuries BCE Sumerian Lunar Calendars 27

18th-17th Centuries BCE Complex Lunar Calendar Systems 29

c. 900-700 BCE Lunar Cults in the Bible 31

763 BCE Assyrian Eclipse 33

747-734 BCE Nabonassar Standardizes the Lunar Calendar 35

c.7th Century BCE Earliest Mention of Selene 37

6th Century BCE Beginnings of Nom religious Astronomy 39

6th Century BCE Thales Stops a War 41

6th Century BCE Spherical Harmony 43

5th Century BCE Anaxagoras Stands Trial 45

5th Century BCE Greeks Understand Lunar Phases 47

c.350 BCE Earth's Curved Shadow on the Moon 49

c.350 BCE Heavenly Perfection Corrupted 51

Early 3rd Century BCE Library of Alexandria 53

3rd Century BCE Aristarchus Measures Lunar Diameter and Distance 55

3rd Century BCE Quarter-Phase Moon and Heliocentrism 57

3rd Century BCE Eratosthenes Calculates Earth's Circumference 59

3rd Century BCE The Hand Reckoner 61

2nd Century BCE Applying Math to the Lunar Orbit 63

c.100 BCE The Antikythera Mechanism 65

1st-2nd Century CE On the Pace in the Moon's Orb 67

c.150 The Almagest 69

500-800 Eastern Astronomers Keep Looking Up 71

9th-11th Centuries Shukuk 73

11th Century Seeing the First Sliver of a New Moon 75

13th Century A New Model for Lunar Motion 77

14th Century Lunar Brightness to Estimate Stellar Distances 79

14th Century Adjusting Lunar-Distance Variation 81

1543 The Moon Orbits Alone 83

1570s Moon and Sun Orbit Earth 85

1581 A Dream of a Lunar Voyage 87

1609 Telescopic Study of the Moon Begins 89

17th Century Advancing Telescopes Eye the Moon More Closely 91

Late 17th Century The Moon Inspires Isaac Newton 93

18th Century Improving Instruments Advance Lunar Astronomy 95

Late 18th Century A Lunar Society in Birmingham 97

1824 Another Doctor Turns His Eyes to the Moon 99

1370s Verne Inspires the father of Astronautics 101

1873-1909 Scientists Consider Lunar Origins 103

1914-22 The Moon Proves General Relativity 105

1926 First Liquid-Fueled Rocket 107

1929 Woman in the Moon 109

1938 BIS Lunar Spaceship Design 111

1930-44 Origins of the Saturn V Moon Rocket 113

1945 Operation Overcast 115

1943-60 New Understanding of Craters 117

1957 Sputnik 119

1958 Explorer I 121

1958-59 A New Discovery and a New Agency 123

1959 First Pictures of the Moon's Far-side 125

1961 Humans Enter Space 127

1961 An American in Space 129

1962 Planning Lunar Missions 131

1962 The Moon Speech at Rice Stadium 133

1963 Human Computers 135

1963-64 Saturn Architecture Takes Shape 137

1964 Two's Company, Three's a Crowd 139

1964 Beginning's of Lunar Science 141

1964-65 Astrogeology 143

1965 Improving Space Capabilities 145

1965-66 Learning to Rendezvous and Dock 147

1966 Neutral Buoyancy 149

1966 Tragedies 151

1967 Apollo 1 Fire 153

1967 Reengineering Apollo 155

1967 Declaring Peace on the Moon 157

1968 Lunar Tortoises 159

1968 Reaching for the Moon 161

1968 Earthrise 163

1969 Dress Rehearsals 165

1969 One Giant Leap 167

1969 Beginnings of Lunar Field Science 169

1969 Making Moonquakes 171

1969 The Lunar Receiving Laboratory 173

1970 A Successful Failure 175

1971 Return to the Moon 177

1971 Extended Missions 179

1972 Descartes Highland 181

1972 Mission to Taurus-Littrow 183

1972 Apollo Biostack 185

1972-74 Cancelled Apollo Missions 187

1970s-80s Elucidating Lunar History 189

1980s-90s Studying Lunar Resources 191

1998 Lunar Prospector and Surface Ice 193

2003-13 New Generation of Moon Probes 195

2018 Preparing for New Missions 197

2019-44 Building a Lunar Infrastructure 199

References 200

Index 209

Image Credits 211

About the Author 212

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