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The Smithsonian history of space exploration : from the ancient world to the extraterrestrial future / Roger D. Launius.

Author/Creator:
Launius, Roger D. author.
Publication:
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
400 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Manufacture:
London : Quarto Publishing, 2018.
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Other Title:
History of space exploration
Subjects:
Outer space -- Exploration -- History.
Astronautics -- History.
Manned space flight -- History.
Space flight to Mars.
Astronautics.
Exploration of outer space.
Manned space flight.
Outer space.
Local subjects:
Space flight to Mars. (search)
Manned space flight -- History. (search)
Outer space exploration. (search)
Astronautics -- History. (search)
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
Space historian Roger D. Launius examines the thousands of years that humans have endeavored to understand the universe, including the pioneering work undertaken by the ancients of Greece, Rome, and China; the great astronomical discoveries of Renaissance thinkers such as Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler; and the technological and mechanical breakthroughs that have enabled the human race to explore far beyond our own planet in recent decades. He also reveals the future of space exploration, speculating on forthcoming space travel and humans' possible future as an extraterrestrial species.
Contents:
Laying the foundations for space exploration
World War II paves the way for space exploration
Making space exploration real
The Space Age dawns
The race to the moon
New nations, new missions
Space planes and orbital stations
The lure of the Red Planet
Beyond Mars
Transterrestrial expectations.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781588346377
1588346374
OCLC:
1021083492