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Dreams of Other Worlds: The Amazing Story of Unmanned Space Exploration

Dreams of Other Worlds: The Amazing Story of Unmanned Space Exploration (Hardback)

By Impey, Chris
By Henry, Holly

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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 book tells the story of eleven iconic exploratory missions and how they have fundamenta...lly transformed our scientific and cultural perspectives on the universe and our place in it. The journey begins with the Viking and Mars Exploration Rover missions to Mars, which paint a startling picture of a planet at the cusp of habitability. It then moves into the realm of the gas giants with the Voyager probes and Cassini's ongoing exploration of the moons of Saturn. The Stardust probe's dramatic round-trip encounter with a comet is brought vividly to life, as are the SOHO and Hipparcos missions to study the Sun and Milky Way. This stunningly illustrated book also explores how our view of the universe has been brought into sharp focus by NASA's great observatories - Spitzer, Chandra, and Hubble - and how the WMAP mission has provided rare glimpses of the dawn of creation. Dreams of Other Worlds reveals how these unmanned exploratory missions have redefined what it means to be the temporary tenants of a small planet in a vast cosmos.
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ISBN 9780691147536
Replacement this title has been replaced by: 9780691169224
Released NZ 15 Sep 2013
Format Hardback
Language English (translated from: English)
Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780691147536
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Released 15 Sep 2013
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Impey, Chris
By Henry, Holly
Category Award Winning
Popular Science
Astronomy, Space & Time
Space Science
Number of Pages 464
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 34mm
Dewey Code 629.435
Weight 907g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Outer space - Exploration, Space flights, Space probes
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade