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Robotic Exploration of the Solar System

Part I: The Golden Age 1957-1982

Ulivi, Paolo, Harland, David M.

Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK

2007, LX, 536 p.

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  • Provides a comprehensive review of unmanned exploration of the Solar System
  • Focuses on the technology of the robotic space probes that made it possible
  • Includes missions which – for a variety of reasons – were never completed
  • A detailed history of half a century of unmanned flights into outer space

Paolo Ulivi and David Harland have written nothing less than a detailed history of unmanned missions exploring our Solar System.

In a fascinating and exhaustive study, they plot the history of unmanned space travel from the 1950s right up to the present day, in many cases using previously unavailable sources.

As in their previous book Lunar Exploration, the subject is treated wherever possible from an engineering and scientific standpoint. Technical descriptions of the spacecraft, of their mission designs and of instrumentations are provided.

Scientific results are discussed in considerable depth, together with details of mission management.

The book is extremely comprehensive, covering missions over the last half century, and some of the latest missions and their results appear in a popular science book for the first time.

This book also uses sources only recently made available on the Soviet space program, in addition to some obscure and rarely used references on the European space program.

The authors even cover many unflown missions, an amazing window on ideas that went unfulfilled at the time but which may still be proven and

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Popular Science - Solar System - planetary probes - robot - solar - space books - space probes - unflown missions - unmanned missions

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Mechanical Engineering - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

The beginning.- Of landers and orbiters.- The grandest tour.

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