Space: 50 Years of the Space Age

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Space tells us of the achievements, challenges and failures of space exploration, and outlines the opportunities still awaiting us among the stars.

In October 1957 a metallic sphere the size of a basketball bleeped its way into orbit. It was called ‘Sputnik’. From this modest beginning, an epic new adventure was born. In less than the span of a human lifetime we have explored the Moon and launched robot probes to Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and far beyond. Space explores the major themes of rocket exploration, past, present and future, and celebrates the first half-century of space exploration.

Specially selected images recall an age when giant rockets were the last word in modernity, and silver-suited astronauts were household names.
Now we are preparing for a historic return to the Moon in the coming decade, and making serious plans to explore Mars.

What awaits us in the next 50 years of space exploration?

Contents:

Foreword by Arthur C Clarke

From literature to launch day – Science fiction predicts rockets and space exploration

The Heavens and the Earth – Experimental missiles and satellites inspire the politicians

Selling the Space Age – Consumer culture absorbs the romance of rockets

Red Star in Orbit – Russian triumphs and tragedies in orbit, and on earth

Machine Ambassadors – Robot probes explore Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn

The Way Ahead – Do we have a long-term future in space?

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About the Author:

Piers Bizony has written about space exploration and cosmology for a wide variety of magazines in the UK and the US. He has also written various books on the subject.

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