Dreams of Other Worlds

Dreams of Other Worlds

The Amazing Story of Unmanned Space Exploration

Book - 2016
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Dreams of Other Worlds describes the unmanned space missions that have opened new windows on distant worlds. Spanning four decades of dramatic advances in astronomy and planetary science, this stunningly illustrated book tells the story of eleven iconic exploratory missions and how they have fundamentally transformed our scientific and cultural perspectives on the universe and our place in it. From the Viking and Mars Exploration Rover journeys to the WMAP mission that has provided rare glimpses of the dawn of creation, Dreams of Other Worlds reveals how unmanned exploration has redefined what it means to be the temporary tenants of a small planet in a vast cosmos.
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016]
Edition: Revised and updated edition
ISBN: 9780691169224
0691169225
Branch Call Number: 629.4309 Im75d 2016
Characteristics: 450 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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ChristchurchLib Sep 30, 2014

From Mariner 4's earliest photographs of Mars in 1965 to Voyager 1's ongoing exploration of interstellar space (37 years and counting), unmanned spacecraft have played a pivotal role in astronomy. In accessible, engaging prose, Dreams of Other Worlds describes 12 missions that have expanded our knowledge of our solar system (Viking, Cassini), our galaxy (Hipparcos, Chandra), and beyond (WMAP, Kepler). Space buffs will be enthralled by this chronicle of scientific discovery. Science and Nature Newsletter October 2014.

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