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New Cosmic Horizons: Space Astronomy from the V2 to the Hubble Space Telescope

By: D Leverington

507 pages, B/w photos, illus, figs, tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Feb 2001 | #120177 | ISBN: 0521658330
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Tells the extraordinary story of space-based astronomy since the Second World War, exploring the triumphs of space experiments and spacecraft designs and the amazing astronomical results that they have produced.

'I recommend the book to anyone interested in space astronomy - laypersons, students of astronomy, and professional astronomers.' G. Siegfried Kutter, Nature 'New Cosmic Horizons is a history of how astronomical research has been achieved by space flight, from the first observation of solar X-rays using photographic plates carried on a V2 rocket, to the remarkable Hubble Space Telescope. Easy to read text, supplemented by summary tables (which brought home to me just how many missions failed!), a glossary, appendices and no less than three indexes make this a readily accessible volume which has something for anyone curious about the history or science of astronomy.' Alan Longstaff, Popular Astronomy 'I could easily see this book finding use as an adopted text for an introductory course in a space-science or astronomy-related degree, as it provides a clear and general description of the history of the whole subject ! I would recommend New Cosmic Horizons wholeheartedly ! Everyone who would like an authoritative history of space astronomy should have this book in their collection.' Martin Barstow, The Observatory 'This book by David Leverington provides a much needed and readable account of how space-age astronomy has developed space over the last 50 years ! anyone interested in the broad picture of space-based astronomy will find it a valuable resource.' Neil English, Astronomy Now '! unique in its coverage of such a broad range of topics in language accessible to amateur and professional astronomers !'. Andreas Verdun, Orion 'I found this book a good read and it brought home the fact that, without the use of spacecraft, we would be limited in what we could hope to understand of our neighbours in the Solar System and beyond.' Astronomy and Space


Preface; 1. The sounding rocket era; 2. The start of the space race; 3. Initial exploration of the Solar System; 4. Lunar exploration; 5. Mars and Venus; early results; 6. Mars and Venus; the middle period; 7. Venus, Mars and cometary spacecraft post-1980; 8. Early missions to the outer planets; 9. The Voyager missions to the outer planets; 10. The Sun; 11. Early spacecraft observations of non-solar system sources; 12. A period of rapid growth; 13. The high energy astronomy observatory programme; 14. IUE, IRAS and Exosat - spacecraft for the early 1980s; 15. Hiatus; 16. Business as usual; 17. The Hubble Space Telescope.

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David Leverington received his degree in Physics from Oxford University in 1963. Six years later he became design manager of a multinational industrial consortium building Geos, Europe's first geosynchronous scientific spacecraft, for the European Space Agency (ESA). In 1977 he joined ESA, Toulouse as programme manager of Meteosat, the meteorological satellite system of the European Space Agency. He was successively head of Spacecraft Engineering and Engineering Director at British Aerospace, Bristol from 1981-89 during which time he was responsible, amongst other things, for the Giotto spacecraft that intercepted Halley's comet, and the Photon Detector Assembly and solar arrays for the Hubble Space Telescope. In 1989 he was made Project Director of the mobile phone system, now called 'Orange', and in 1991 became Deputy Managing Director of British Aerospace Communications.

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