Tim Furniss A History Of Space Exploration

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A History Of Space Exploration

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The launch of the first rocket in 1926 led to the development of the first long-range missile - the A4, renamed V2 - fired in anger during the Second World War. The technology had advanced by 1957, to enable the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to be developed. This missile formed the basis of the first launch vehicle to carry a satellite, Sputnik 1, into orbit, marking the beginning of the Space Age. Since then the Moon, all the planets in the solar system except Pluto, and an asteroid and a comet have been explored by spacecraft. Since the Space Age began, twelve men have walked on the Moon, and over 400 people have experienced space travel. Satellites now provide the world with a range of services from environmental monitoring to mobile phone calls. Space station operations have become routine. The Hubble Space Telescope has enabled astronomers to peer 12 billion years into the past and to take their first look at a black hole. What else will be achieved in the coming decades, as space exploration takes on a new momentum?

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The launch of the first liquid propellant rocket in 1926 led to the development of the first long-range missiles, fired in anger during World War II.
By 1957, the technology had advanced and intercontinental ballistic missiles were developed that formed the basis of the first launch vehicle to carry a satellite, Sputnik 1, into orbit. It marked the beginning of the Space Age.
Since the Space Age began, 12 men have walked on the Moon, over 400 people have experienced space travel, satellites provide the world with a range of services from environmental monitoring to cellphone calls, and space station operations have become routine. In the other direction, the Hubble Space Telescope has enabled astronomers to peer 12 billion light years into the past and to take their first look at a black hole.
Through evocative photographs, this entrancing volume looks at the history in order to see into the future. What else will be achieved in the coming decades?

About the Author:

TIM FURNISS wrote his first book in 1970, and has since written more than 30 titles. He covered the launches of Apollo 15 and several Shuttle missions from the Kennedy Space Center, and in 1988 was one of the first journalists to report on the launch of cosmonauts from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. In 1994, he joined the Space Shuttle crew of mission STS 62 during their training, including launch and landing simulations.

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