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Space, the Final Frontier?

By: Giancarlo Genta, Michael Rycroft, Franco Malerba and Michael Foale

430 pages, 26 line diagrams 124 half-tones 5 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Feb 2003 | #172596 | ISBN: 0521814030
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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.

' ! 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


Introduction; 1. Space today; 2. The gateway to space; 3. Cities and factories in space?; 4. Robots in the solar system; 5. Back to the Moon; 6. Mars, the Red Planet; 7. Exploitation of the solar system; 8. Beyond the pillars of Hercules; 9. Other lives, other civilisations; 10. Towards a galactic civilisation; Appendices.

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Aeronautical and aerospace engineer based at the Technical University of Turin, Italy. Visiting Professor at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, and at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK.

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