Space Exploration

Spies in the Sky

Surveillance Satellites in War and Peace

Authors: Norris, Pat

  • Describes the single most important contribution satellites have made to humankind in the 50 years since Sputnik 1
  • Takes a unique approach to the anniversary of the dawn of the Space Age
  • Focuses on the little-known military dimension of the Space Age
  • Weaves a novel combination of history, politics, defense studies, science, technology and human interest
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In Spies in the Sky Patrick Norris responds to the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the dawn of the Space Age – the launch of Sputnik 1 – with a review of the most important historical applications of space science for the benefit of the human race during that half century, focusing particularly on the prevention of nuclear war. The author addresses the oft quoted conclusion that the Moon landings and the ‘race to the Moon’ between the two superpowers were a side effect of the Cold War, by describing what he believes was the more important event – the use of satellites by military to prevent the Cold War becoming a ‘hot war’. In developing the story the author casts a spotlight on a little-known aspect of the Space Age, namely the military dimension. Today military satellites represent 25 percent of all satellites in orbit, and they are just as important now in preventing regional nuclear war as they were in preventing global Armageddon more than 30 years ago.

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"The author’s aim, in this book, is to persuade readers that ‘the most crucial role’ played by satellites … . The book is illustrated with 50 black-and-white photos and has a reference section … . In one neat and readable package, this book brings together the myths and rumours, facts and factoids, of which most of us have … recollection, and places them in an historical setting. In the final analysis, the author’s take on the ‘crucial role’ of spy satellites is compelling … ." (Satellite Evolution Group, October, 2008)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Spies in the Sky
Book Subtitle
Surveillance Satellites in War and Peace
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Praxis
Copyright Holder
Praxis
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-71673-2
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-71673-2
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-71672-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 220
Additional Information
Jointly published with Praxis Publishing
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