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Space and astronomy : decade by decade

Author: Marianne J Dyson
Publisher: New York : Facts on File, ©2007.
Series: Twentieth-century science.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An account of astronomers' unraveling of the mysteries surrounding the impact and power of the Sun, how stars "collapse" into black holes, and the surprising scope of the universe.
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marianne J Dyson
ISBN: 081605536X 9780816055364
OCLC Number: 67346120
Description: xix, 284 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. 1901-1910: Development of a New Astronomy --
Milestones --
Canals of Mars --
Equation for Space --
Rocket Equation --
New Astronomy --
Impacts and Omens --
Scientist of the Decade: Percival Lowell (1855-1916) --
2. 1911-1920: Giant Stars and General Relativity --
Milestones --
Size of Stars --
Structure of Stars --
Changing View of the Universe --
Cosmology --
Scientist of the Decade: Henry Norris Russell (1877-1957) --
3. 1921-1930: The Expanding Universe --
Milestones --
Nebulae Become Galaxies --
Hydrogen Question --
Matter of Stars --
Planet X --
Rockets around the World --
Tsiolkovsky's Plan of Space Exploration --
Scientist of the Decade: Edwin Powell Hubble (1889-1953) --
4. 1931-1940: Understanding What Makes Stars Shine and Rockets Fly --
Milestones --
New "Eyes" on the Universe --
From Giants to Black Holes --
How Stars Shine --
Development of Modern Rockets --
Flash Gordon and War of the Worlds --
Scientist of the Decade: Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945) --
5. 1941-1950: From War to Space --
Milestones --
Pathway to Space Begins with Weapons --
Postwar Rocket Development --
Postwar Russian Rocket Development --
First Science Rockets --
Wartime Astronomy --
Synthesis of the Elements --
Astronomical Peace Dividend --
Scientist of the Decade: Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun (1912-1977) --
Radio and Solar System Discoveries --
6. 1951-1960: The Dawn of the Space Age --
Milestones --
Mystery of Radio Stars --
Elements of Life --
Origin of the Solar System --
Preparation for Manned Space Programs --
New Improved Rockets --
Satellites for Politics and Science --
Flying to the Moon --
Project Mercury --
Scientist of the Decade: Sergei Pavlovich Korolev (1907-1966) --
Mercury Facts --
7. 1961-1970: Putting Humans on the Moon --
Milestones --
First People in Space --
Rendezvous with the Moon --
Voskhod and Gemini --
Probes and Satellites --
Tragedy in 1967 --
Resumption of the Race --
Race Is Won --
Waning Moon --
X-ray and Neutrino Astronomy --
Quasars and Pulsars --
Abundant Support for the Big Bang Theory --
Scientist of the Decade: Robert Rowe Gilruth (1913-2000) --
8. 1971-1980: From the Moon to Jupiter --
Milestones --
Roving around the Moon --
First Space Stations --
From Apollo-Soyuz to Shuttles --
Long-Duration Spaceflight --
Deserted Mars --
Picturing Venus --
Exploring the Giants --
Observing Space --
Scientist of the Decade: Carl Edward Sagan (1934-1996) --
9. 1981-1990: Laboratories in Space --
Space Transportation System --
Milestones --
Shuttle Flight Numbering System --
Challenger's Last Flight --
Return to Flight --
Russian Space-From Salyut to Mir --
Moon, Venus, Mars, and Comets --
Voyage to Uranus and Neptune --
State of the Universe --
Scientist of the Decade: Vera Cooper Rubin (1928- ) --
10. 1991-2000: Space Telescopes and Stations --
Milestones --
Research and Records --
New Life in Moon/Mars Research --
Lunar Burial of Eugene Shoemaker --
No Little Green Men --
Asteroids, Comets, and Extrasolar Planets --
Space Observatories --
International Space --
Scientist of the Decade: Geoffrey Marcy (1954- ) --
New Worlds --
Bruce Medalists.
Series Title: Twentieth-century science.
Responsibility: Marianne J. Dyson.
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Part of the ""Twentieth-Century Science"" set, this title reveals how the astronomers unravel the mysteries of how the Sun shines, how stars collapse into black holes, and how the universe expands.  Read more...

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