Dreams of Other Worlds The Amazing Story of Unmanned Space Exploration

ISBN-10: 0691147531

ISBN-13: 9780691147536

Edition: 2014

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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 fundamentally 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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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 9/8/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 464
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Chris Impey is an award-winningUniversity Distinguished Professor at theUniversity of Arizona. In addition to hiscritically acclaimed books How It Beginsand How It Ends, he has written twoastronomy textbooks. He lives in Tucson,Arizona.

Introduction
Viking: Discovering the Red Planet
MER: The Little Rovers That Could
Voyager: Grand Tour of the Solar System
Cassini: Bright Rings and Icy Worlds
Stardust: Catching a Comet by the Tail
SOHO: Living with a Restless Star
Hipparcos: Mapping the Milky Way
Spitzer: Unveiling the Cool Cosmos
Chandra: Exploring the Violent Cosmos
HST: The Universe in Sharp Focus
WMAP: Mapping the Infant Universe
Conclusion: New Horizons, New Worlds
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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