The Complete Book of Spaceflight

The Complete Book of Spaceflight

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A commanding encyclopedia of the history and principles of spaceflight-from earliest conceptions to faster-than-light galaxy-hopping Here is the first truly comprehensive guide to space exploration and propulsion, from the first musings of the Greeks to current scientific speculation about interstellar travel using qwarp drivesq and wormholes. Space buffs will delight in its in-depth coverage of all key manned and unmanned missions and space vehicles-past, present, and projected-and its clear explanations of the technologies involved. Over the course of more than 2, 000 extensively cross-referenced entries, astronomer David Darling also provides fascinating insights into the cultural development of spaceflight. In vivid accounts of the major characters and historical events involved, he provides fascinating tales of early innovators, the cross-pollination that has long existed between science fiction and science fact, and the sometimes obscure links between geopolitics, warfare, and advances in rocketry.... Chaffee was selected by NASA as a member ofits third group ofastronauts. ... Chalet/Vortex The second generation of U.S. Air Force SIGINT (signals intelligence) satellites, launched between ... It was superseded by Magnum and Mercury ELINT. ... the flight of the first African-American astronaut (STS-8), the first use of free-flying Manned Maneuvering Units during a ... made to improve safety.298 chamber pressure The pressure of gases in the combustion chamber of a rocket engine, anbsp;...

Title:The Complete Book of Spaceflight
Author:David Darling
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons - 2003-06-03


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