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Space age

Author: Chip Walter
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The exploration of space represents a cultural shift greater than the invention of agriculture or the arrival of the Industrial Revolution. It marks a biological leap as significant as the wriggling of the first fish onto land or the passage of the first primate from the jungle to the savannah. For the first time in human history, the sheer force of our curiosity has carried us beyond our own world. Space Age is the
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Genre/Form: Einführung
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chip Walter
ISBN: 0679402950 9780679402954
OCLC Number: 25411727
Notes: Companion vol. to Space age, a WQED/Pittsburgh, NHK/Japan TV series produced in association with the National Academy of Sciences and NASA.
Description: xvi, 335 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Dreams to reality --
The explorers --
Quest for Planet Mars --
Mission to Planet Earth --
Celestial sentinels --
New frontiers.
Other Titles: Space age (Television program)
Responsibility: William J. Walter.

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The exploration of space represents a cultural shift greater than the invention of agriculture or the arrival of the Industrial Revolution. It marks a biological leap as significant as the wriggling of the first fish onto land or the passage of the first primate from the jungle to the savannah. For the first time in human history, the sheer force of our curiosity has carried us beyond our own world. Space Age is the companion book to the extraordinary six-part PBS.

Television series produced by WQED/Pittsburgh in association with the National Academy of Sciences. Written by journalist and filmmaker William J. Walter, it takes readers on an exciting and unexpected journey into the past and maps out strange and amazing possibilities for the future. It begins by telling the stories of the extraordinary rocket pioneers who made the primal dream of exploring the stars possible: Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a deaf, small-town Russian.

Schoolteacher, who in 1898 first calculated how to launch a rocket beyond Earth; Robert Goddard, the secretive and determined New England physics professor, who had the personality of a parson but the mind of a mad adventurer; and Hermann Oberth, a high school math teacher from Transylvania, whose failed effort to build a rocket for a publicity stunt in the 1920s became the first in a long line of rockets that led to the Saturn V booster - the mammoth ship that sent.

American astronauts to the moon forty years later. Space Age reveals how the pragmatic world of politics unexpectedly became linked with the dream-driven hopes of the old rocket pioneers; how Hitler's madness financed the development of the first true rocket designed by Werner von Braun; how Russia and America's mutual paranoia fueled not only the cold war, but the spectacular way in which both nations chose to wage it - through a space race that held the world.

Breathless. The progeny of that competition was Sputnik, Mercury, and Apollo, which led us to the moon, and whose legacy enabled us to study other worlds and continues to lay the foundations for human outposts that will be built beyond Earth in the future. At the same time it created the spy satellite, the communications satellite, and other space-borne instruments that now predict the weather and explore the intricate living systems that make up our planet. These.

Orbiting sentinels have embedded in us a kind of robotic telepathy, an invisible grid of information that has already made the "global village" a reality, and brought war and the fall of entire societies into our living rooms, live. Finally, Space Age looks into the future - to the tremendous challenge of mounting a human mission to Mars, and the surprising evolutionary possibilities that will follow in the wake of interplanetary and intergalactic exploration. Is it.

Possible that we will learn something of our own origins as we search for evidence of life on Mars?

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