Our Future in Space

Book - 2015
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With plans to launch hotels into orbit and experiments in suspending and reanimating life for ultra-long-distance travel, private companies and entrepreneurs have outpaced NASA as the leaders in the new space race. With accessible prose and relentless curiosity, Chris Impey reports on China's plan to launch its own space station by 2020, proves that humans could survive on Mars and unveils cutting-edge innovations such as the space elevators poised to replace rockets at a fraction of the cost. Setting mankind's urge towards exploration in the context of all human history and space travel thus far, he shows that the present-day scientists mapping billions of Earth-like exo-planets are the descendants of the first humans to venture out of Africa. We must forge ahead, argues Beyond, because exploration is in our DNA.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393239300
Characteristics: xii, 321 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Call Number: 629.40112 IMP


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Jun 16, 2016

A Captivating account of the race for space. I found one error in my opinion on communication satellites. The totally hyped failure called Telstar, a low altitude satellite built by AT&T is mentioned but the first successful Communication Satellite "Early Bird" invented, designed and built by Hughes Aircraft Company was not mentioned. Early Bird televised the Pope's visit to Bogota to the world and a year later televised the President Nixon Visit to China.

I hope that future printings can correct the record


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