Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Book Review: Space Exploration for Dummies by Cynthia Phillips and Shana Priwer

Space Exploration For DummiesISBN:  0470445734
Published:  June 2nd, 2009 (first published May 4th, 2009)
Publisher:  For Dummies
Read from April 26th to May 25th, 2011
Summary from Goodreads:
Your comprehensive guide to remarkable achievements in space

Do you long to explore the universe? This plain-English, fully illustrated guide explains the great discoveries and advancements in space exploration throughout history, from early astronomers to the International Space Station. You'll learn about the first satellites, rockets, and people in space; explore space programs around the world; and ponder the controversial question: Why continue to explore space?

Take a quick tour of astronomy — get to know the solar system and our place in the galaxy, take a crash course in rocket science, and live a day in the life of an astronaut

Run the Great Space Race — trace the growth of the Space Age from Sputnik to the Apollo moon landings and meet the robots that explored the cosmos

Watch as space exploration matures — from the birth of the Space Shuttle to the creation of the Mir Space Station to successes and failures in Mars exploration, see how space programs reached new levels

Journey among the planets — check out the discoveries made during historic voyages to the inner and outer reaches of the solar system

Understand current exploration — review the telescopes in space, take a tour of the International Space Station, and see the latest sights on Mars

Look into the future — learn about upcoming space missions and increased access to space travel

Open the book and find:

Descriptions of space milestones and future missions

An easy-to-follow chronological structure

Color and black-and-white photos

The nitty-gritty details of becoming an astronaut

A grand tour of the solar system through space missions

Explanations of tragedies and narrow escapes

Facts on the creation of space stations by NASA and the USSR

Ten places to look for life beyond Earth

This is an excellent book who wants to learn more about the history and future of space exloration.  There's also a section that talks about different aspects of astronomy for those who want to know more about that type of thing.  The talk about space exloration goes in chronological order for the most part.  You can follow space exloration from the beginnings, the space race, after the space race, current space exloration, and what's planned for the future.

If you want to know more about space, especially space exloration, I definitely recommend reading this book.

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