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              Blueprint for a Battlestar: Serious Scientific Explanations for Sci-Fis Greatest Inventions

              Blueprint for a Battlestar: Serious Scientific Explanations for Sci-Fis Greatest Inventions (Hardback)

              By Pyle, Rod

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              Packed with stunning images, including 75 illustrations created exclusively for this book, How to Build a Death Star takes twenty-five remarkable and memorable technologies from the world of sci-fi, from Star Wars and The Matrix to Ironman and The Terminator, explaining each conc...ept and dissecting it to reveal the real science behind it.
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              ISBN 9781781315934
              Released NZ 24 Aug 2016
              Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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              First on the Moon: The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Experience

              First on the Moon: The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Experience (Hardback)

              By Pyle, Rod; Foreword by Aldrin, Buzz

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              A lavishly illustrated look at the groundbreaking Apollo 11 mission, in honour of the 50th anniversary, featuring stunning and previously unpublished images that tell the incredible story of the first men on the moon.

              ISBN 9781454931973
              Released NZ 9 Jan 2019
              Publisher Sterling Publishing Co Inc
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              Interplanetary Robots: True Stories of Space Exploration
               

              Interplanetary Robots: True Stories of Space Exploration (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Pyle, Rod

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              Exploring the planets has been a goal of America's space program since the dawn of the space race. This insider's perspective examines incredible missions of robotic spacecraft to every corner of our solar system and beyond. Some were flown into glory, while others were planned a...nd relegated to dusty filing cabinets. All were remarkable in their aspirations. Award-winning science writer Rod Pyle profiles both the remarkable spacecraft and the amazing scientists and engineers who made them possible. From the earliest sprints past Venus and Mars to Voyager1's current explorations of the space between the stars, this exciting book sheds new light on ever-more ambitious journeys designed to increase the human reach into the solar system. Drawing on his perspective as a writer for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, ground zero for NASA's planetary exploration, the author further details plans now in development to look for signs of life on Jupiter's moon Europa, submarines that will dive into the hazy hydrocarbon lakes of Saturn's moon Titan, and intelligent spacecraft that will operate for months without human intervention on Mars and in the outer solar system well into the 2030s. Equally compelling are programs of exploration that were considered but never left the drawing board, such as automobile-sized biology laboratories designed for a Mars landing in the 1960s and plans to detonate atomic bombs on the moon. Complemented by many rarely-seen photos and illustrations, these stories of incredible engineering achievements, daring imaginations, and technological genius will fascinate and inspire.
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              ISBN 9781633885028
              Released NZ 15 Dec 2018
              Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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              Destination Mars: New Explorations of the Red Planet

              Destination Mars: New Explorations of the Red Planet (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Pyle, Rod; Foreword by Manning, Robert

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              Drawing on contacts at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, award-winning science writer and documentary producer Rod Pyle provides an insiders look into the amazing projects now being developed here and abroad to visit the legendary red planet.

              ISBN 9781616145897
              Released NZ 1 Jun 2013
              Publisher FOOTPRINT BOOKS
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              Curiosity: An Inside Look at the Mars Rover Mission and the People Who Made It Happen

              Curiosity: An Inside Look at the Mars Rover Mission and the People Who Made It Happen (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Pyle, Rod

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              The story of the people who designed, built, launched, landed, and are now operating the Mars rover Curiosity Award-winning science writer Rod Pyle provides a behind-the-scenes look into the recent space mission to Mars of Curiosity --the unmanned rover that is now providing rese...archers with unprecedented information about the red planet. Pyle follows the team of dedicated scientists whose job it is to explore new vistas on Mars. Readers will also join Curiosity, the most advanced machine ever sent to another planet, on its journey of discovery. Drawing on his contacts at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the author provides stunning insights into how this enthusiastic team of diverse individuals uses a revolutionary onboard laboratory of chemistry, geology, and physics instruments to unravel the profound secrets of the Red Planet. Readers will meet: Robert Manning, chief engineer for every rover mission since Pathfinder ; John Grotzinger, the chief scientist of the entire mission; Vandi Tompkins, the software designer who keeps the rover on track; Bobak Ferdowski, famed Mohawk Guy from Mission Control; David Chen, chief of flight dynamics and the voice of JPL during Curiosity 's treacherous landing; and many others. And of course, Pyle describes the adventures of the Curiosity rover itself, from landing through the first samples, drilling, and discovering a habitable past on the planet, to reaching the ultimate target: Mount Sharp, in the center of Gale Crater. America is once again at the forefront of a new space age and Curiosity is just the beginning of many exciting new discoveries to come.
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              ISBN 9781616149338
              Released NZ 15 Jul 2014
              Publisher Misc - Random House New Zealan
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              Mars: A Journey of Discovery

              Mars: A Journey of Discovery (Paperback)

              By Pyle, Rod; Foreword by Green, James

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              NASA's new lander, InSight, has touched down on the red planet, and in two years Mars 2020 rover will depart Cape Canaveral bound for the red planet.

              ISBN 9780233005843
              Released NZ 1 Dec 2019
              Publisher Welbeck Publishing Group
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              Space 2.0: How Private Spaceflight, a Resurgent NASA, and International Partners are Creating a New Space Age
               

              Space 2.0: How Private Spaceflight, a Resurgent NASA, and International Partners are Creating a New Space Age (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Pyle, Rod; Foreword by Aldrin, Buzz

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              Along with the National Space Society, the author offers an inside look at the next 20 years in space flight.

              ISBN 9781944648459
              Released NZ 1 May 2019
              Publisher NewSouth Books
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              Missions to the Moon: The Story of Man's Greatest Adventure Brought to Life with Augmented Reality

              Missions to the Moon: The Story of Man's Greatest Adventure Brought to Life with Augmented Reality (Hardback)

              By Pyle, Rod; Foreword by Kranz, Gene

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              Full of personal insights and accounts of the long journey to getting a man on the moon, Missions to the Moon is the perfect companion for anyone with a love of space travel, the moon landings, or NASA, CNSA, RFSA, and the rest of the world's space programs.

              ISBN 9781787391772
              Released NZ 1 Jul 2019
              Publisher Welbeck Publishing Group
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              Amazing Stories of the Space Age: True Tales of Nazis in Orbit, Soldiers on the Moon, Orphaned Martian Robots, and Other Fascinating Accounts from the Annals of Spaceflight
               

              Amazing Stories of the Space Age: True Tales of Nazis in Orbit, Soldiers on the Moon, Orphaned Martian Robots, and Other Fascinating Accounts from the Annals of Spaceflight (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Pyle, Rod

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              Award-winning science writer and documentarian Rod Pyle presents an insider's perspective on the most unusual and bizarre space missions ever devised inside and outside of NASA. The incredible projects described here were not merely flights of fancy dreamed up by space enthusiast...s, but actual missions planned by leading aeronautical engineers. Some were designed but not built; others were built but not flown; and a few were flown to failure but little reported: A giant rocket that would use atomic bombs as propulsion (never mind the fallout), military bases on the moon that could target enemies on earth with nuclear weapons, a scheme to spray-paint the lenses of Soviet spy satellites in space, the rushed Soyuz 1 spacecraft that ended with the death of its pilot, the near-disaster of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the mysterious Russian space shuttle that flew only once and was then scrapped--these are just some of the unbelievable tales that Pyle has found in once top-secret documents as well as accounts that were simply lost for many decades. These stories, complimented by many rarely-seen photos and illustrations, tell of a time when nothing was too off-the-wall to be taken seriously, and the race to the moon and the threat from the Soviet Union trumped all other considerations. Readers will be fascinated, amused, and sometimes chilled.
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              ISBN 9781633882218
              Released NZ 15 May 2017
              Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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              Mars: Making Contact
               

              Mars: Making Contact (Hardback)

              By Pyle, Rod

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              NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been the principal explorer, launching the Mariner spacecraft that sped past Mars and snapped 22 grainy photographs in 1965. Filled with detail and documents, this book looks at how Mars has been explored and the challenges facing future missi...ons.
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              ISBN 9780233004921
              Released NZ 1 Aug 2016
              Publisher Welbeck Publishing Group
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