A Dictionary of Space Exploration

A Dictionary of Space Exploration

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This fascinating dictionary covers the exciting world of space exploration and every aspect of the technology involved. Containing over 2,500 entries it defines the jargon used in space exploration including such weird and wonderful terms as 'cherry picker' and 'burp firing'. All the entries are fully cross-referenced for ease of use, and important entries, such as the entry on the Apollo project, are presented as detailed feature articles. In addition to the main entries and definitions, the book also contains links to over 250 space-related websites, and a comprehensive chronology of space exploration. The entries are supported by over 50 photographs, illustrations and diagrams. Written by a team of experts, the entries have been edited by Dr E. Julius Dasch, former manager of the NASA National Space Grant Program. This authoritative, comprehensive, and readable dictionary is essential reading for anyone with an interest in astronomy and space travel.show more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 128 x 190 x 24mm | 322.06g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Numerous half tones and line drawings
  • 0192806319
  • 9780192806314

About E. Julius Dasch

Dr. E. Julius Dasch currently manages the NASA National Space Grant Program and EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research). His more than 150 publications are in Marine Geochemistry, Geochronology (terrestrial and lunar rocks and meteorites) and science education. In addition to a Fulbright Fellowship Award, Julius has served as chairman of the Geological Society of America (Cordilleran Section), President of the Oregon Academy of Science, and is a recipient of the Burlington Northern Faculty Fellowship for Teaching. He recently received the International Astronautical Federation Frank J. Malina Medal for Space Education in Beijing, China. He is a Distinguished Alumna of Sul Ross State University. Ian Ridpath is a renowned author and broadcaster on astronomy and space and is also editor of Norton's Star Atlas, the world's most famous star atlas. He is author of a standard series of sky guides for amateur astronomers, illustrated by Wil Tirion. His other books include Star Tales about the origin and mythology of the constellations.show more

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With more than 2,000 entries and 50 illustrations, this all-encompassing dictionary makes a super reference work for anyone interested in astronautics, spaceflight and space exploration. Popular Astronomy / July - September 2006show more