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Title National Geographic encyclopedia of space / [compiled by] Linda K. Glover ; with Andrew Chaikin [and others] ; foreword by Buzz Aldrin.

Publication Info. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2005]
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 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  629.4 NAT    AVAILABLE
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Description 400 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 29 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Deep space / Andrea Gianopoulos -- Introduction -- Celestial sphere -- Origins of modern astronomy -- Eyes on the sky -- Stars -- Nebulae -- Milky Way -- Galaxies -- Universe -- Telescopes -- Ground-based observatories -- Space-based observatories -- Our solar system / Patricia S. Daniels: Introduction -- Solar system basics -- Anatomy of a planet -- Sun -- Mercury -- Venus -- Earth -- Earth's moon -- Mars -- Exploring the outer planets -- Jupiter -- Saturn -- Uranus -- Neptune -- Pluto -- Asteroids -- Comets -- Meteors -- Reaching and maneuvering in space / Patricia S. Daniels & Linda K. Glover: Introduction -- Rockets & spacecraft -- Liftoff -- Navigating in space -- Communicating with mission control -- Touchdown -- Orbital parameters -- Trajectories -- Satellite & spacecraft orbits -- Human spaceflight / Andrew Chaikin: Introduction -- Early years -- Missions to the moon -- International space programs -- Space shuttles -- Surviving space -- Space stations -- Today & tomorrow -- Earth science & commerce from space / Jonathan T. Malay: Introduction -- Earth remote-sensing basics -- Remote-sensing sensors & techniques -- Remote-sensing applications -- Photography satellites -- U.S. environmental satellites -- International environmental satellite programs -- Space-communications basics -- Communications satellites -- Navigation & positioning from space -- Military and intelligence uses of space / Linda K. Glover: Introduction -- Rockets & missiles -- Early reconnaissance missions -- First military & spy satellites -- Space policy & treaties -- spy satellite missions & orbits -- Early warning from space -- Imagery intelligence from space -- Other types of intelligence -- U.S. military & intelligence space organizations -- Military communications -- Military uses of space -- Appendix of maps: Northern sky -- Southern sky -- Moon -- Mars -- Solar system -- Milky Way -- Universe -- Useful references & measurements -- Additional reading -- About the authors -- Illustration credits -- Index -- staff credits & acknowledgments.
Summary The National Geographic Encyclopedia of Space offers clear and concise explanations of the planets; telescopes; manned space flight; satellites; the origin of the universe; the contributions of Nicolaus Copernicus, Edwin Hubble, and Stephen Hawking; and much more. The Encyclopedia of Space answers such questions as How vast is the Milky Way? What makes a satellite stay up? How does deep space affect our daily climate? Arranged in six thematic chapters, the Encyclopedia of Space brings together in one accessible volume the varied aspects of space science: the solar system, deep space exploration (manned and unmanned) and discovery, satellites and orbits, and the commercial, scientific, and military uses of space. Tables, diagrams, maps, and fact boxes provide additional information and value. The encyclopedia is enriched by recently declassified intelligence material and photographs from the U.S. Navy and the National Reconnaissance Office, the latest Hubble images, and essays written by leading professionals in the field, such as Kathryn Sullivan and Sylvia Earle. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who landed on the Moon with Neil Armstrong, will write a foreword to the encyclopedia.
Subject Astronautics.
Outer space -- Exploration.
Added Author Glover, Linda K.
National Geographic Society (U.S.)
ISBN 0792273192
Standard No. 9780792273196
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