Smithsonian Atlas of Space Exploration

 
9781593730727: Smithsonian Atlas of Space Exploration

Discover the entire story of humankind's efforts in space exploration, from the earliest theories of the universe to the captivating successes and advances - as well as the setbacks - of the past fifty years. Filled with hundreds of satellite images, photographs from NASA, charts, newly commissioned maps, the "Smithsonian Atlas of Space Exploration" illuminates in stunning colour our exploration into space - the final frontier. Published in collaboration with the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum - the world's leading authority on aviation and space, this is the ultimate illustrated account of the past, present, and future of space exploration. This is a complete visual history of humanity's journey into space.

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Roger D. Launius is senior curator in the Division of Space & History at the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum. He has written or edited more than 20 books on aerospace history and is a regular contributor to CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and others. Andrew K. Johnston is a geographer at the Center for Earth & Planetary Studies, a research dept of the National Air & Space Museum.

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The mysteries of space have long inspired people to reach for the stars. Authored by two experts in aerospace history, Smithsonian Atlas of Space Exploration relates the story of space exploration in text, photographs, illustrations, and maps from the earliest times to the present. Written at a level geared to the general reader, this topically arranged work is divided into seven parts: “Envisioning Space,” “Beginning the Space Age,” “Gateways to Space,” “Orbiting the Earth,” “Reaching for the Moon,” “Other Terrestrial Worlds,” and “Across the Solar System.” Each part contains a number of two- or four-page subsections covering topics ranging from the earliest observatories of the ancient world to the possibilities for space flight in the future. Exceptional large-format color photographs from NASA and other sources provide amazing images, such as astronaut James B. Irwin on the moon with the Lunar Roving Vehicle, astronauts repairing the Hubble Space Telescope, a view of the Moon setting over the Earth taken from the space shuttle Discovery, and a view of the surface of Mars near the Viking 1 lander. This work is further enhanced by excellent artistic renditions of subjects such as the possible configuration of a future lunar surface base, a map of objects in low Earth orbit, and a portrayal of a NASA Mars Exploration Rover on the surface of Mars. Color as well as black-and-white illustrations, diagrams, and specially commissioned maps further supplement text. A four-page index provides subject access to the contents; also included is a basic four-page annotated bibliography of readings on the history of space exploration. Distinguished by outstanding color illustrations and photographs, the very reasonably priced atlas should appeal to a broad audience and is recommended for high-school, undergraduate, and public libraries. --Nancy Cannon

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