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Astronomy - Popular Astronomy | Robotic Exploration of the Solar System - Part 2: Hiatus and Renewal, 1983-1996

Robotic Exploration of the Solar System

Part 2: Hiatus and Renewal, 1983-1996

Ulivi, Paolo, Harland, David M

Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK

2009

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  • The 3-volume series will provide comprehensive coverage with thousands of references to the professional literature that should make it the 'first port of call' for people seeking information on the topic
  • Emphasises the technology of space probes
  • Comprehensive coverage ranges from the earliest planetary probes to the most recent planetary flights and missions
  • Provides multilingual references (including Chinese, Russian, Czech, French, Italian)
  • Details many unflown and unfulfilled missions, which may still be useful in the future
  • Describes the technical rivalry between the US and Soviet Union in the development of launchers

Paolo Ulivi and David Harland provide in "Robotic Exploration of the Solar System" a detailed history of unmanned missions of exploration of our Solar System As in their previous book Lunar Exploration, the subject will be treated wherever possible from an engineering and scientific standpoint. Technical descriptions of the spacecraft, of their mission designs and of instrumentations will be provided. Scientific results will be discussed in considerable depth, together with details of mission management.

The books will cover missions from the 1950s until the present day, and some of the latest missions and their results will appear in a popular science book for the first time. The authors will also cover many unflown projects, providing an indication of the ideas that proved to be unfulfilled at the time but which may still be proven and useful in the future.

Just like Lunar Exploration, these books will use 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 project will deliver three volumes totaling over 1000 pages that will provide comprehensive coverage of the topic with thousands of references to the professional literature that should make it the 'first port of call' for people seeking information on the topic.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Exploration - Hiatus - Part - Popular Science - Solar System - robot - solar

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

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