The Right Stuff

By Tom Wolfe

From "America's nerviest journalist" (Newsweek)--a breath-taking epic, a powerful event tale, and an research into the real heroism and braveness of the 1st americans to beat house. "Tom Wolfe at his absolute best" (The big apple instances publication Review)

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Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004

By Peter J. Westwick

In the a long time because the mid-1970s, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has led the hunt to discover the farthest reaches of the sun procedure. JPL spacecraft—Voyager, Magellan, Galileo, the Mars rovers, and others—have introduced the planets into shut view. JPL satellites and tools additionally shed new gentle at the constitution and dynamics of earth itself, whereas their orbiting observatories opened new vistas at the cosmos. This finished e-book recounts the intense tale of the lab's accomplishments, mess ups, and evolution from 1976 to the current day.
This heritage of JPL encompasses excess of the tale of the occasions and members that experience formed the establishment. It additionally engages wider questions on kinfolk among civilian and armed forces area courses, where of technological know-how and know-how in American politics, and the effect of the paintings at JPL at the means we think where of humankind within the universe.

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On the Shores of Titan's Farthest Sea: A Scientific Novel (Science and Fiction)

By Michael Carroll

Titan is virtually a planet in its personal correct, with a diameter just like that of Mercury, methane rainstorms, natural soot and ethane seas. all the such a lot specific wisdom at the moon's geology, volcanology, meteorology, marine sciences and chemistry are amassed jointly right here to paint a factually exact hypothetical way forward for early human colonization on this unusual world.
The perspectives from Titan's Mayda Outpost are superb, yet all isn't really good on the moon's distant technological know-how base. at the shore of a methane sea underneath glowering skies, atmospherics researcher Abigail Marco unearths herself in the course of homicide, piracy and associates who appear to be seeing sea monsters and lifeless humans from the earlier. On the shorelines of Titan's Farthest Sea offers thrills, pleasure and secret - couched within the most up-to-date technological know-how - on one of many sunlight System's such a lot extraordinary worlds, Saturn's large moon Titan.
"Carroll's wisdom of planetary technology combines with a very good little adventure on Saturn's greatest moon. His descriptions of oily seas and methane monsoons placed you in that alien international, entrance and middle. The know-how is convincing; i will think destiny astronauts doing precisely the forms of issues Mike describes. I want i'll be one in every of them." - Alan Bean, Apollo 12 astronaut
"This riveting tale, set opposed to a plausibly good built-in interplanetary house, includes us besides its brilliant and fascinating characters. We think totally transported to a hauntingly attractive and alien Titan via Carroll's masterful weaving of paintings and science." - Jani Radebaugh, Professor of Planetary Sciences, Titan dune professional, BYU
"It's a enjoyable learn! quite makes Titan come alive, literally..." - Astrophysicist and writer Ralph Lorenz

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The Stargazer's Guide: How to Read Our Night Sky

The Stargazer’s Guide is an available astronomy advisor to the historical past, technology, and fable of the evening sky, excellent for a person entranced by means of the celebrities. Guiding readers via what there's to determine within the sky, why it’s attention-grabbing, and the way prior generations seen and interpreted it, specialist stargazer Emily Winterburn entertains and informs with this enjoyable, available, and beautiful examine the wonderful thing about the heavens.

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Turbulence and Self-Organization: Modeling Astrophysical Objects (Astrophysics and Space Science Library)

The ebook offers with the improvement of continuous types of turbulent usual media. Such types function a floor for the assertion and numerical assessment of the major difficulties of the constitution and evolution of the various astrophysical and geophysical gadgets. The strategies of ordering (self-organization) in an initially chaotic turbulent medium are addressed and taken care of intimately with using irreversible thermodynamics and stochastic dynamics ways which underlie the respective versions. diversified examples of ordering arrange within the ordinary atmosphere and outer house are introduced and punctiliously mentioned, the main target being given to the protoplanetary discs formation and evolution.

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Drilling in Extreme Environments: Penetration and Sampling on Earth and other Planets

By Yoseph Bar-Cohen

Uniquely accomplished and recent, this e-book covers terrestrial in addition to extraterrestrial drilling and excavation, combining the know-how of drilling with the state-of-the-art in robotics. The authors come from and most sensible rating public and company learn associations and supply right here real-life examples, difficulties, options and case reviews, sponsored through colour photos throughout.
the result's a must have for oil businesses and all scientists excited about planetary learn with robot probes.
With a foreword by means of Harrison "Jack" Schmitt -- the 1st geologist to drill at the moon.

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A Companion to Astronomy and Astrophysics: Chronology and Glossary with Data Tables

By Kenneth R. Lang

Astronomy and Astrophysics is a complete, primary, and up to date reference publication. it's jam-packed with very important details and simple evidence for newbie astronomers astrophysicists, and for an individual attracted to the Universe, from the Earth and different planets to the celebs, galaxies and past. an incredibly thorough Index cross-references techniques, discoveries and members in either the Timeline part and Dictionary part. The mixed result's a distinct stand-alone reference quantity within which the reader can fast find details, whereas additionally getting to know new and unforeseen knowledge.

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Firstborn (Time Odyssey)

By Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter

The Firstborn–the mysterious race of extraterrestrial beings who first turned recognized to technology fiction enthusiasts because the developers of the enduring black monolith in 2001: an area Odysseyhave inhabited mythical grasp of technology fiction Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s writing for many years. With Time’s Eye and Sunstorm, the 1st books of their acclaimed Time Odyssey sequence, Clarke and his magnificent co-author Stephen Baxter imagined a near-future within which the Firstborn search to prevent the improvement of human civilization via utilising a expertise indistinguishable from magic.

Their first act used to be the Discontinuity, within which Earth used to be carved into sections from assorted eras of heritage, restitched right into a patchwork international, and renamed Mir. Mir’s population integrated such notables as Alexander the good, Genghis Khan, and United countries peacekeeper Bisesa Dutt. For purposes unknown to her, Bisesa entered into verbal exchange with an alien artifact of inscrutable function and godlike power–a energy that at last back her to Earth. There, she performed an instrumental position in humanity’s race opposed to time to prevent a doomsday occasion: an incredible sunlight typhoon brought on through the alien Firstborn designed to get rid of all lifestyles from the planet. That destiny was once prevented at an not possible cost. Now, twenty-seven years later, the Firstborn are back.

This time, they're pulling no punches: they've got despatched a “quantum bomb.” dashing towards Earth, it's a machine that human scientists can slightly understand, that can't be stopped or destroyed–and person who will obliterate Earth.

Bisesa’s determined quest for solutions sends her first to Mars after which to Mir, that is itself threatened with extinction. the top turns out inevitable. yet as stunning new insights emerge into the character of the Firstborn and their chilling plans for mankind, an unforeseen best friend seems from light-years away.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Beyond Pluto: Exploring the Outer Limits of the Solar System

Precisely what's past Pluto? Why, within the final ten years, has the sun approach greater than doubled in measurement? For the 1st time, in virtually centuries, a completely new inhabitants of planetary gadgets has been discovered which can good clarify those questions. This newly found realm of teenybopper planets, referred to now because the "Kuiper Belt," has reconceptualized our realizing of the way the sunlight procedure used to be shaped and has ultimately given ontological reasons for the enigmatic outer planet Pluto. past Pluto is the attention-grabbing tale of ways a bunch of theoretical physicists made up our minds that there needs to be a inhabitants of unknown our bodies past Pluto and the way a small band of astronomers got down to locate them. Acclaimed scientist John okay. Davies recounts how they envisioned the life of those planetary our bodies, how they have been ultimately found, and the way Pluto was once named. additionally, Davies offers biographies of the astronomers who found those new worlds and knowledge at the telescopes they used. John okay. Davies is a aid scientist for the united kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) atop the dormant volcano Mauna Kea in Hawaii. He holds PhDs in chemistry and astronomy, stumbled on six comets whereas instructing at Leicester college within the united kingdom, and was once a member of the ISO-CAM staff on the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has contributed to magazines comparable to Astronomy, New Scientist, Sky & Telescope, and house. In 2000, a small major asteroid belt was once named Johndavies in reputation of his various contributions to astronomy.

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