Space Probes: 50 Years of Exploration from Luna 1 to New Horizons Hardcover – 24 Nov 2011
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Ever since Sputnik made Earth orbit in 1957, mankind has been flinging tiny flecks of metal...farther and farther from home in an effort to get a grip on our solar system's secrets.... Philippe Seguela compiles them all, cataloging each unmanned mission that one or another earthbound nation has hurled toward a heavenly body..... Seguela also looks at spacecraft still in transit, including the Pluto-bound New Horizons. They may look like sci-fi space junk, but Seguela sees the majesty therein: Just like the pyramids and great cathedrals, solar-system space probes represent glorious monuments to human ingenuity.--Aaron Leitko"Washington Post" (11/14/2011)
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Philippe Seguela is a professor of neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He has been passionate about space exploration for more than 30 years. James Oberg, the NBC News space consultant, is a well-known interpreter of space exploration. He spent 22 years as a NASA space engineer and has written 10 books and more than a thousand articles about space flight.
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The cover makes you salivate for Jane's Space Directory-type descriptions, tables and charts with mission objectives, velocities, distances, encounter dates etc in ten-point pica, but alas, it's not what you get on the inside. Each mission is given a perfunctory 2-6 pages with minimal narrative and full page color illustrations and photos, but only the most basic diagrams of the probes or landers themselves. Technical detail is almost entirely omitted. Interspersed are for-beginners-only one page tributes to Galileo, Magellan, Lowell, Goddard, Carl Sagan, etc with a paragraph or two on who they were. Logically organized and beautifully illustrated and rendered, the book is only a basic -- if comprehensive -- overview of what I regard as the single greatest human accomplishment of my lifetime: the 50 year exploration of every major planet and moon in our solar system.
If you're looking for rich technical detail on the probes themselves or the worlds they've visited, you need to look elsewhere.
Phillipe Seguela sets forth the history of space probes since their beginning, a mere 53 years ago. In that time, we have gone from having no direct contact with our Moon and companion planets to a point where Pluto will be revealed to some degree in 2015 by a passing probe and we have already examined the Moon, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Mercury, the Sun, comets and asteroids and more.
This is a beautifully illustrated volume and Seguela's writing style is easy-to-live with. He packs a lot of information into these pages about technical details of the space probes, their designers, namesakes, the physics of space travel and more.
This is the kind of book I wish was given to more children to excite them about science and technology. I know my young grandson will soon have a copy of his very own and I hope it keeps him company for many hours.
A great history of the international development of space probes.
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