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Mission to Mars
by Aldrin, Buzz; David, Leonard

9781426210174Buzz Aldrin; Leonard DavidMission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration"Legendary "space statesman" Buzz Aldrin speaks out as a vital advocate for the continuing quest to push the boundaries of the universe as we know it. As a pioneering astronaut who first set foot on the moon during mankind's first landing of Apollo 11--and as an aerospace engineer who designed an orbital rendezvous technique critical to future planetary landings--Aldrin has a vision, and in this book he plots out the path he proposes, taking humans to Mars by 2035. Foreword by Andrew Aldrin hapter 1- The View from Air Force One hapter 2- Time for Decision-making hapter 3- Your Space- Building the Business Case hapter 4- Dreams of My Moon hapter 5- Voyage to Armageddon hapter 6- The March to Mars hapter 7- Homesteading the Red Planet hapter 8- The Clarion Call " - Description from Syndetics

Alien Life Imagined
by Brake, Mark

9780521491297Mark BrakeAlien Life Imagined: Communicating the Science and Culture of AstrobiologyOne day, astrobiologists could make the most fantastic discovery of all time: the detection of complex extraterrestrial life. As space agencies continue to search for life in our Universe, fundamental questions are raised: are we awake to the revolutionary effects on human science, society and culture that alien contact will bring? And how is it possible to imagine the unknown? In this book, Mark Brake tells the compelling story of how the portrayal of extraterrestrial life has developed over the last two and a half thousand years. Taking examples from the history of science, philosophy, film and fiction, he showcases how scholars, scientists, film-makers and writers have devoted their energies to imagining life beyond this Earth. From Newton to Kubrick, and Lucian to H. G. Wells, this is a fascinating account for anyone interested in the extraterrestrial life debate, from general readers to amateur astronomers and undergraduate students studying astrobiology. - Description from Syndetics

The Science of Star Wars
by Cavelos, Jeanne

9780312263874Jeanne CavelosScience of Star Wars: An Astrophysicist's Independent Examination of Space Travel, Aliens, Planets, and Robots as Portrayed in the Star Wars Films and BooksFormer NASA astrophysicist Jeanne Cavelos examines the scientific possibility of the fantastical world of Star Wars . She explains to non-technical readers how the course of science might soon intersect with such fantasies as interstellar travel, robots capable of thought and emotion, habitable alien planets, bizarre intelligent life forms, high-tech weapons and spacecraft, and advanced psychokinetic abilities. She makes complex physics concepts, like quantum mechanics, wormholes, and Einstein's theory of relativity both fascinating and easy to comprehend . The Science of Star Wars does for Star Wars what Lawrence Krauss's bestselling The Physics of Star Trek did for the Star Trek universe. Cavelos answers questions like: * How might spaceships like the Millennium Falcon make the exhilarating jump into hyperspace? * Could a single blast from the Death Star destroy an entire planet? * How close are we to creating robots that look and act like C-3PO and R2-D2? * Could light sabers possibly be built, and if so, how would they work? * Do Star Wars aliens look like "real" aliens might? * What kind of environment could spawn a Wookie? * What would living on a desert planet like Tatooine be like? * Why does Darth Vader require an artificial respirator? * Can we access a "force" with our minds to move objects and communicate telepathically with each other? - Description from Syndetics

Humans in outer space
by Codignola, Luca; Schrogl, Kai-Uwe; Lukaszczyk, Agnieszka; Peter, Nicolas

9783211874646Luca Codignola-Bo (Editor); Kai-Uwe Schrogl (Editor); Agnieszka Lukaszczyk (Contribution by); Nicolas Peter (Contribution by)Humans in Outer Space - Interdisciplinary OdysseysHumans and space When faced with the issue of space exploration, one generally has an idea of the ?elds of study and disciplines that are involved: technology, physics and chemistry, robotics, astronomy and planetary science, space biology and medicine, disciplines which are usually referred to as the ?sciences?. In recent discussions, the human element of space exploration has attracted more and more the interest of the space sciences. As a consequence, adjacent disciplines have gained in relevance in space exploration and space research, in times when human space ?ights are almost part of everyday life. These disciplines include psychology and sociology, but also history, philosophy, anthropology, cultural studies, political sciences and law. The cont- bution of knowledge in these ?elds plays an important role in achieving the next generation of space exploration, where humans will resume exploring the Moon and, eventually, Mars,and wherespacetourism isbeginningtobedeveloped. With regard to technology, one might soon be prepared for this. Much less is this the case with space exploration by humans, rather than by robots. Robotic explorations to other planets across the solar system have developed in the past 50 years, since the beginning of the ?space age? with the presence of humans in nearby space and the landing on the Moon. Space exploration is now not only focused on technological achievements,asitsdevelopmentalsohassocial,culturalandeconomicimpacts. This makes human space exploration a topic to address in a cross-disciplinary manner. - Description from Syndetics

Living and working in space: a NASA history of Skylab
by Compton, William David; Benson, Charles D

9780486482187William David Compton; Charles D. Benson; Paul Dickson (Introduction by)Living and Working in Space: The NASA History of SkylabThe official record of America's first space station, this thorough and highly readable book from the NASA History Series chronicles the Skylab program from its planning during the 1960s through its 1973 launch and its conclusion in 1979. Its definitive accounts examine the project's goals and achievements as well as the use of discoveries and technology developed during the Apollo program.This three-part survey begins with the background against which post-Apollo planning unfolded, amid congressional doubt, public opposition, and internal uncertainty at NASA. The second part recounts the modification of existing spacecraft, the manufacture and testing of new modules, changes in astronaut training, and other alterations - all requiring a high degree of coordination between NASA headquarters, field centers, experimenters, and contractors. The final part reviews the three missions and assesses their results. Extensive appendixes provide convenient summaries of the missions and experiments in addition to profiles of the participants. - Description from Syndetics

Wonders of the Solar System
by Cox, Brian; Cohen, Andrew

9780062293459Brian Cox; Andrew CohenWonders of the Solar SystemTaking readers on a breathtaking visual and scientific adventure, renowned physicist Brian Cox reveals the Solar System as you have never seen it before: from Saturn's moons, where giant ice fountains spout into space and oceans are made of liquid methane, to Jupiter, where storms rage that are twice the size of Earth and giant super-volcanoes dominate its tortured moon of Io. Professor Cox takes you on a journey of discovery where alien worlds become places you can see and explore. He introduces you to the planets and moons beyond our world, finding the biggest and most bizarre and powerful natural phenomena. He visits some of the most spectacular and extreme locations here on Earth to unveil what our planet can reveal about the wonders of the Solar System. Employing his trademark authoritative yet down-to-earth approach, Brian explores how these previously unseen phenomena have dramatically expanded our horizons with new discoveries about the planets, their moons, and how they came to be the way they are. Includes 500 diagrams and full-color photographs - Description from Syndetics

Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight
by Dubbs, Chris; Paat-Dahlstrom, Emeline

9780803216105Chris Dubbs; Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom; Charles D. Walker (Foreword by)Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private SpaceflightU.S.A.F. Chief of Staff 2013 Professional Reading List Selection Nearly forty years passed between the Apollo moon landings, the grandest accomplishment of a government-run space program, and the Ansari X PRIZE-winning flights of SpaceShipOne, the greatest achievement of a private space program. Now, as we hover on the threshold of commercial spaceflight, authors Chris Dubbs and Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom look back at how we got to this point. Their book traces the lives of the individuals who shared the dream that private individuals and private enterprise belong in space. Realizing Tomorrow provides a behind-the-scenes look at the visionaries, the crackpots, the financial schemes, the legal wrangling, the turf battles, and--underpinning the entire drama--the overwhelming desire of ordinary people to visit outer space. A compelling story of the pioneers of commercial spaceflight--and their efforts to open the final frontier to everyone--this book traces the path to private spaceflight even as it offers an instructive, entertaining, and cautionary note about its future. - Description from Syndetics

Ancillary justice
by Leckie, Ann

9780316246620Ann LeckieAncillary JusticeIn this stunning space opera, a warship's AI becomes trapped in a human body, her goals reduced to one: revenge. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke awards On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance. In the Ancillary world: 1. Ancillary Justice 2. Ancillary Sword 3. Ancillary Mercy For more from Ann Leckie, check out: Provenance - Description from Syndetics

The farthest shore: a 21st century guide to space
by Pelton, Joseph N; Bukley, Angelia P

9781926592077Joseph N. Pelton (Editor); Angelia P. Bukley (Editor)The Farthest Shore: A 21st Century Guide to SpaceThis is a comprehensive new guide to space systems and exploration in the 21st century. Spanning a broad range of disciplines the reader can find out about all aspects of space, from how we use space to deal with global warming to the latest in space tourism. World experts, from astronauts and astrophysicists to space zoologists, tell us about the different ways we can use space to survive on Earth or create totally new industries. This book, largely written in narrative form, explains how we use space in our lives in ways that continue to expand wider and wider every year. The book is designed so that everyone from high school students to news reporters, from sci-fi fans to space groupies, can acquire a broad-based understanding of all the things that outer space represents to humans today -- and tomorrow. It is unique in its wide, thorough and international approach, with authors drawn from around the world. - Description from Syndetics

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
by Tyson, Neil deGrasse; Lang, Avis

9780393082104Neil deGrasse Tyson; Avis Lang (Editor)Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate FrontierA thought-provoking and humorous collection on NASA and the future of space travel. Neil deGrasse Tyson is a rare breed of astrophysicist, one who can speak as easily and brilliantly with popular audiences as with professional scientists. Now that NASA has put human space flight effectively on hold--with a five- or possibly ten-year delay until the next launch of astronauts from U.S. soil--Tyson's views on the future of space travel and America's role in that future are especially timely and urgent. This book represents the best of Tyson's commentary, including a candid new introductory essay on NASA and partisan politics, giving us an eye-opening manifesto on the importance of space exploration for America's economy, security, and morale. Thanks to Tyson's fresh voice and trademark humor, his insights are as delightful as they are provocative, on topics that range from the missteps that shaped our recent history of space travel to how aliens, if they existed, might go about finding us . - Description from Syndetics

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the quest for a fantastic future
by Vance, Ashlee

9780062301239Ashlee VanceElon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic FutureIn the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs--a real-life Tony Stark--and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new "makers." Elon Musk spotlights the technology and vision of Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, who sold one of his Internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius's life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits. Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our age: can the nation of inventors and creators who led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk--one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history--is a contemporary, visionary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy. Thorough and insightful, Elon Musk brings to life a technology industry that is rapidly and dramatically changing by examining the life of one of its most powerful and influential titans. - Description from Syndetics

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