Space, the Final Frontier? (Hardback)
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Space, the Final Frontier? (Hardback)

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Hardback 430 Pages / Published: 13/02/2003
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What are our motivations for going into space? Where does our long-term space future lie? Why, and how, should we strive to reach, if not for the stars, at least for the Moon and Mars? This exciting book looks first at the progress that has already been made in our attempts to explore and expand beyond the Earth. Current and past space technologies and space stations are described, and the effects of the space environment on the human body are explained. A discussion of the merits of the robotic exploration of space is followed by a look at our exploration of the Moon and Mars. Final chapters touch on propulsion methods required for leaving our solar system, and ask which of the possibilities for future space travel is most likely to succeed. This thought provoking book will appeal to all those with an interest in the future of space exploration.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521814034
Number of pages: 430
Weight: 858 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
' ... this is probably one of the best examinations of what could happen next available in print. Space factories, missions both manned and robotic, various new kinds of propulsion and space-based power for the Earth are all covered. ... definitely recommended reading for anyone wondering what's likely to happen over the next century or two.' Nick Chang, Focus
'Overall, though, this is a significant contribution to a debate that should concern us all.' Astronomy and Geophysics
'... this book is a rewarding read and thought provoking too ...'. Spaceflight
'This is a good read and the authors discuss a wide range of subjects well. With such a wide remit one might consider a specialist book preferable but this publication meets its aims well, with a clear and highly readable style ... This is an excellent book and I can thoroughly recommend it.' Astronomy Now
"...detailed and thoughtful...The volume is suitable for all college and university library science and technological collections and would be a valuable and stimulating addition to the shelves of any public library as well." E-STREAMS
"An unrivaled an illuminating exploration of the positive and negative aspects of space exploration..." Forecast
"A splendid account of the way in which the opening of the Space Frontier has transformed life on this Planet-and will eventually bring it to others. I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone who has ever stared at that now sadly endangered resource--the night sky." Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Sri Lanka
"Genta and Rycroft want us to stop dawdling and get out there and reap the benefits of space's bounty. Their enthusiasm is infectious and this excellent book will put space back on the agenda." David Hughes, Professor of Astrophysics, University of Sheffield
"This book is wide-ranging and imaginative, spanning the lure of space from the 19th century into the far future. Starting with what has (and has not) been accomplished, the authors argue for a human destiny in space with space power stations, outposts on the Moon, terraforming on Mars, and ultimately trips to the stars." Professor David Morrison, Space Scientist
"An authoritative and finely-illustrated survey of human achievements in space, and an inspiring perspective on future prospects." Professor Sir Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, Cambridge University
"The best book yet on the coming exploration, use and settlement of space. You'll find it all here, from how to voyage beyond earth to possible impacts on us of leaving the terrestrial cradle, and perhaps even contacting extraterrestrials. Balanced, gently phrased for those not at home with space jargon and formulas, but above all exciting for anyone who wonders about humanity's futures in the universe." Ben Finney, Professor of Anthropology, University of Hawaii and the International Space University
"The authors offer a well-presented argument about why we need experience with colonizing and exploring the moon before we send manned missions to Mars.... Recommended." Choice
"This book illustrates the possibilities that the exploration and subsequent exploitation of space opens up for humankind. Authors Giancarlo Genta and Michael Rycroft delve into the factors that encourage space travel and speculate on the future of human expansion into space." Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin

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