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by Shana Priwer,Cynthia Phillips

Your comprehensive guide to remarkable achievements in space

Do you long to explore the universe? This plain-English, fully illustrated guide explains the great discoveries and advancements in space exploration throughout history, from early astronomers to the International Space Station. You'll learn about the first satellites, rockets, and people in space; explore space programs around the world; and ponder the controversial question: Why continue to explore space?

Take a quick tour of astronomy — get to know the solar system and our place in the galaxy, take a crash course in rocket science, and live a day in the life of an astronaut

Run the Great Space Race — trace the growth of the Space Age from Sputnik to the Apollo moon landings and meet the robots that explored the cosmos

Watch as space exploration matures — from the birth of the Space Shuttle to the creation of the Mir Space Station to successes and failures in Mars exploration, see how space programs reached new levels

Journey among the planets — check out the discoveries made during historic voyages to the inner and outer reaches of the solar system

Understand current exploration — review the telescopes in space, take a tour of the International Space Station, and see the latest sights on Mars

Look into the future — learn about upcoming space missions and increased access to space travel

Open the book and find:

Descriptions of space milestones and future missions

An easy-to-follow chronological structure

Color and black-and-white photos

The nitty-gritty details of becoming an astronaut

A grand tour of the solar system through space missions

Explanations of tragedies and narrow escapes

Facts on the creation of space stations by NASA and the USSR

Ten places to look for life beyond Earth

Download Space Exploration For Dummies epub
ISBN: 0470445734
ISBN13: 978-0470445730
Category: Engineering
Subcategory: Engineering
Author: Shana Priwer,Cynthia Phillips
Language: English
Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 2, 2009)
Pages: 392 pages
ePUB size: 1161 kb
FB2 size: 1202 kb
Rating: 4.2
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True to the Dummies series, this is an accessible, light-hearted introductory level book. It focuses primarily on NASA missions, with a secondary emphasis on Russian explorations.

Part I gives quick overviews of space exploration, astronomy, rockets, and becoming an astronaut. It also contains a chapter on space disasters. Parts II-V cover space missions: II - The Space Race (Moon race, planetary missions, space stations), III - Second-Generation Missions (space shuttle, Mir, Mars expeditions, inner solar system, outer solar system), IV - Current Space Exploration (Hubble, ISS, Mars), V - Future of Space Exploration (China, India, commercial space). Along with the NASA missions site (, this book will get you started on the path to understanding space technology.

* Easy read
* Lots of web links

* Skimpy coverage of commercial (non-government) space interests.
* Slightly dated. (To be fair, this is inevitable in a fast-changing field)
* The Kindle version does not have a color picture section. A picture of the "pale monochrome dot" just doesn't have the same zing.
"Space Exploration for Dummies" is the latest addition to the yellow-covered "Dummies" series. Researched and penned by Dr. Cynthia Phillips, planetary geologist at the SETI Institute, and her partner, Shana Priwer, professional writer, this book captures the essential facts and accomplishments of the real space cadets.

The book invites browsing. While organized into logical chapters, readers are urged to jump straight to the topic of greatest interest. In case you're a novice astronomer, there's a quick light-hearted primer on basic astronomy. Then, it's on to rocket science. Phillips and Priwer have a light touch, and write for the non-rocket scientist. This is rocketry that your grandparents could understand. Rockets carry up payloads, and often astronauts. So you want to be an astronaut? Turn to chapter 4 to learn about your ride. But, all you would-be astronauts, go on to read chapter 5 about space tragedies before consulting your life insurance agent. Like 15th century exploration of the Earth, space exploration is dangerous. People do die trying, and the history of the tragedies is both thoughtful and sobering. It honors the people who made the ultimate sacrifice in our journey to the stars.

Back to 1957: Sputnik was the first human-made satellite to orbit Earth. It was amazing to me, and still is. Over several chapters, "Space Exploration" breezes through the early days of the space race and on to Apollo, Soyuz, Mir and the Space Station. It's useful to have all of this brought together succinctly: many missions and many astronauts at my fingertips. I especially appreciated the inclusion of the 13 women who worked to become astronauts in 1960, but were excluded by NASA for lack of Air Force pilot training (something they, as women, could not obtain at the time, p. 99.) Sally Ride was the first US female astronaut in space 23 years later. Times do change.

Robots and remotely operated space telescopes are essential human tools for space exploration. The authors devote chapters to robotic exploration of the Moon, the first grand tours of the solar system in the 70's and 80's, and the newer explorers of our universe including space telescopes like Hubble. We're in the midst of this exciting journey, and Phillips and Priwer scan forward to the missions in planning and missions in dream stages. Finally for all the SETI fans, there a chapter on looking for life beyond Earth in our solar system and around distant stars. "Dummies" are known for humor, and this book closes with "tens," a nice homage to David Letterman: 10 places to look for life, 10 ways that space travel isn't like the movies, and 10 everyday things brought to you by NASA (not Tang!). So, space cadets, teachers, kids and interested people, you'll find "Space Exploration for Dummies" a fun read and handy reference.
Should be fun to update to the age of nanosats! A quite useful little book.