Something New Under the Sun

Satellites and the Beginning of the Space Age

Authors: Gavaghan, Helen

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In this, the first history of artifical satellites and their uses, Helen Gavaghan shows how the idea of putting an object in orbit around the earth changed from science fiction to indespensible technology in the twinkling of an eye. Thanks to satellites, we can now send data and images anywhere in the world in an instant. The satellite-based navigational system can pinpoint your exact location anywhere in the world; it is so precise that, from outer space, it can detect the sag on an airplane's wing. Focusing on three major areas of development - navigational satellites, communications, and weather observation and forecasting - Gavaghan tells the remarkable inside story of how obscure men and women, often laboring under strict secrecy, made the extraordinary scientific and technological discoveries needed to make these miracles happen. Written by a science journalist with support from the Sloane Foundation, the book describes the birth of the modern scientific era in the twentieth century, with creation of satellite technology. The narrative is part history - beginning with the Russian-U.S. contest with the launch of Sputnik; part politics, as scientists and visionary engineers compete for scarce funding that will bring their dreams to reality; partly the story of the singular and fascinating individuals who were present at the creation of our modern technological era.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

Table of contents (22 chapters)
  • Prologue: The Seed

    Pages 1-6

    Gavaghan, Helen

  • New Moon

    Pages 7-20

    Gavaghan, Helen

  • Cocktails and the Blues

    Pages 21-30

    Gavaghan, Helen

  • Follow That Moon

    Pages 31-42

    Gavaghan, Helen

  • The Space Age

    Pages 43-46

    Gavaghan, Helen

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Something New Under the Sun
Book Subtitle
Satellites and the Beginning of the Space Age
Authors
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Copernicus
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4612-1618-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4612-1618-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-94914-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4612-7218-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 300
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