Provides an overview of the history and technology of space flight, summarizes the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, and looks ahead to possible Mars missions.
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Lee, a space flight engineer with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, delivers just what the subtitle promises: a nontechnical lay reader's introduction to the technology, physics, and history of spaceflight. In seven chapters, the author explains the workings of launch vehicles, orbits, and satellites with the help of numerous charts and illustrations. He describes the basics of orbital mechanics and how spacecraft accomplish the maneuvers necessary to rendezvous in space. A chapter on space history traces U.S. and Russian space milestones, and coverage of Space Shuttle operations, unmanned planetary exploration, and the future of Mars exploration round out the book. This is a useful introductory reference that, despite some minor factual errors and misidentifications in the captions (e.g., the first manned lunar landing took place on July 20, not January 20, 1969, and the crew pictured is obviously not the crew of Gemini 8 bobbing in the Pacific Ocean but a studio shot of Gemini 12's crew) will be a useful addition for public libraries.?Thomas J. Frieling, Bainbridge Coll., Ga.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Promising to teach orbital mechanics "without the math," Lee, an engineer with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, delivers the facts space enthusiasts will savor--but they must be enthusiasts. The casually interested, spoiled by the glossy paper and color photos of high-end space books, will probably sniff at this volume's gray graphics, line drawings, and black-and-white photographs. Lee's purpose is less to impress than to explain the principles of rocket propulsion and how a spacecraft achieves or changes orbit. Verily, interested readers yearn to see a shuttle launch, and, after telling them where to write for tickets, Lee profiles the sequence of countdown events, followed by the major events of maneuvering in flight. The other orbital problem Lee explains is how to get to Mars, which two new spacecraft, dubbed Mars Pathfinder and Mars Global Surveyor, will attempt to do in the winter of 1996, lending this book the asset of pre-event timeliness. Given the longstanding fascination with space, some public libraries will surely supply Lee with readers. Gilbert Taylor
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Descrizione libro Checkmark Books, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110816033536
Descrizione libro Checkmark Books. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0816033536 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW7.1344483