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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Space: Missions, Applications and Exploration Hardcover – 21 Aug 2003

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'This is an essential addition to any library for senior school age pupils.' Gnomon

'General and specialist readers alike will find The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Space an accessible introduction to space activities conducted by all countries since the mid-20th century. the volume … is a gold mine of facts both mainstream and obscure that provides efficient access to a wealth of fascinating details … will reward anyone interested in the history or contemporary profile of human activities in space.' Science

'… the perfect reference book for those working in or studying the space arena.' Orion

'… an unusual but worthwhile addition to the reference shelves for anyone interested in the development and evolution of humanity's endeavour to explore and conquer near-earth space.' The Observatory

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This unique Encyclopedia gives a global perspective of our occupation and use of space, whether scientific, industrial, commercial, technical or military. The wealth of full-colour illustrations make the information highly accessible, resulting in an invaluable source for everyone interested in, or studying, our use of space.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Mysteries of science and the workings of national politics 14 Nov. 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The collaborative work of Fernand Verger (Professor Emeritus of Geography at L'Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris), Isabelle Sourbes-Verger (National Center for Scientific Research and the Foundation for Strategic Research, Paris), and Raymond Ghirardi (Cartographic Engineer, CNRS), and Xavier Pasco (Associate Professor, Universite de Marne la Vallee, Pasco), The Cambridge Encyclopedia Of Space is a globally-themed, wonderfully illustrated resource compendium of man's perspective and occupation of space. Ranging from the vast variety of satellites (including telecommunication, navigation, and military ones), to the workings of the space shuttle, to budgets and space activity around the world, The Cambridge Encyclopedia Of Space superbly covers both the mysteries of science and the workings of national politics to present a combined wealth of information for ideal for nonspecialist general readers of all backgrounds. Simply put, no school or community library Astronomy & Space Science collection can be considered complete without the inclusion of The Cambridge Encyclopedia Of Space.
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A serious reference work, not for browsers 30 April 2004
By M. A Michaud - Published on
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This book raises space encyclopedias to a new level. Many previous books of this type have been collections of images interspersed with some lightweight text. Not this one. The French authors of this work go into considerable technical detail about the many topics they cover, including the celestial mechanics of artificial satellites, their orbits and ground tracks, and the trajectories of interplanetary probes. The authors focus primarily on scientific and applications missions, with relatively little attention to manned space programs. The world's launch vehicles and launch sites are covered thoroughly, as are earth observation satellites. The excellent charts and diagrams are detailed and comprehensive; the photographic images are well chosen and well reproduced.
Unlike many space-related books published in the United States, this encyclopedia does not focus on American space achievements. Its balanced perspective on world space programs may be a useful corrective.
Excellent In Depth Study of Satellites and their development 20 Feb. 2015
By Dominic Hofer - Published on
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Excellent work in depth and some complex topics covered in this field of study. The exploration of space sometimes overlooks the importance and contribution these vehicles have accomplished over the past decades and even more so currently. This book contains many illustrations and photos and diagrams an in depth study. Although the information may be at times complex any reader can understand and appreciate the work scientists and engineers have achieved in this area of space exploration.
Dated but Fascinating Reading 21 July 2010
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Format: Hardcover
The title says it all. The illustrations are very detailed. This Cambridge book is good addition for the Aerospace Historian's library.
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