This book offers a comprehensive look at the history of space exploration, the technology that makes it possible, and the continued efforts that promise to carry us into the future. It goes through the history of space exploration, from the earliest sub-orbital and orbital missions to today's deep-space probes, to provide a close look at past and present projects, then turns its attention to programs being planned today and to the significance of future exploration. Both the novice and the advanced student of space exploration stand to profit from the author's engaging and insightful discussion.
Lance K. Erickson is professor of Applied Aviation Sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Chapter 1 The Early History of Space Flight Chapter 2 Rocketry Chapter 3 Planets Chapter 4 Orbits Chapter 5 Military Space Operations Chapter 6 Mercury Chapter 7 Gemini Chapter 8 Apollo Chapter 9 Space Stations Chapter 10 Space Shuttle Chapter 11 Spacecraft Systems & Operations Chapter 12 Russian Space History