Most people are familiar with NASA and the Soviet and then Russian space programs, but how many people have heard of the Austrian Space Agency? Space Ireland? SUPARCO of Pakistan? Space exploration and space-related scientific applications, far from being the province of the superpowers, are a worldwide effort and are developing in some seemingly unlikely places. Forty-two countries or groups of countries, besides the United States, have or have had active space programs.
This near-comprehensive (American agencies, well documented elsewhere, are omitted) history of the world's space programs is full of detailed information. The heavily illustrated chapters, arranged alphabetically, describe each country's facilities; launch vehicles, rockets and satellites; major areas of research; and more.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Rocket and space historian Daphne Burleson lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her background is in civil and mechanical engineering. She has designed and taught courses on a variety of subjects, including space vehicles and programs and the history of rocketry.