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The Making of History's Greatest Star Map.

Author: Michael Perryman.
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From prehistoric times, mankind has looked up at the night sky, and puzzled at the changing positions of the stars. How far away they are is a question that has confounded scientists for centuries. Over the last few hundred years, many scientific careers - and considerable resources - have been devoted to measuring their positions and motions with ever increasing accuracy. And in the last two decades of the 20th  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic resource
Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Perryman.
ISBN: 1282834649 9781282834644 9783642116025 3642116027
OCLC Number: 732598939
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover --
Contents --
Prologue Hipparcos Launch --
1 Our Place in the Cosmos --
2 Why Star Positions? --
3 Early History --
4 Developments 18508211;1980 --
5 The Push to Space --
6 From Concept to Launch --
7 Disaster Unfolds --
8 Mission Recovery --
9 Science in the Making --
10 The Finishing Touches --
11 Our Galaxy --
12 Inside the Stars --
13 Our Solar System and Habitability --
14 The Future --
Epilogue --
Notes --
Stereo Views --
Acknowledgments --
Index.

Abstract:

From prehistoric times, mankind has looked up at the night sky, and puzzled at the changing positions of the stars. How far away they are is a question that has confounded scientists for centuries. Over the last few hundred years, many scientific careers - and considerable resources - have been devoted to measuring their positions and motions with ever increasing accuracy. And in the last two decades of the 20th century, the European Space Agency developed and launched the Hipparcos satellite, around which this account revolves, to carry out these exacting measurements from space. What has pro.

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