The Story of Our Quest to Conquer the Red Planet
From theories of red vegetation and canal systems to Elon Musk’s ambitions in the race to Mars, Andrew May looks at our fascination with the red planet and the practicalities of getting there, covering topics including the development of rocket science and 50 years of robots and rovers on Mars.
Up-to-the-Minute Discoveries, Facts and Inventions
Exploring some of the most remarkable recent innovations in science and understanding of the natural world. Colin Barras explains them in simple terms and offers insights into the impact they could have. Covering fields including space, technology and human behaviour, he reaches some surprising conclusions, showing for example how farming may have been humankind’s biggest mistake, or how nasal cells can improve spinal injuries.
Mission Moon 3-D
Reliving the Great Space Race
With a foreword by the 1972 Lunar Module Pilot Charlie Duke and an Afterword by Jim Lovell, Commander of the Apollo 13 mission, this volume tells the story of the space race in the USSR and the West that culminated in the Apollo 11's lunar landing and Neil Armstrong’s ‘giant leap’ in July 1969. The whole scientific adventure is lavishly illustrated with photographs, including many ‘side-by-side’ stereoscopic pairs offering a 3-D lunar experience. A Lite Owl stereoscopic viewer is included.
How the World Works
From the creation of Stonehenge to the invention of telescopes and the emerging field of astrobiology, this volume traces humanity’s fascination with the cosmos and our place in it, recording the advances in technology that have expanded our knowledge but also revealed new areas to explore.
Photographs of the Night Sky from the Archives of Nasa
‘The scale of the cosmos is more than anyone can grasp’, writes Bill Nye, ‘but with this book, you can give it a try’. Accompanied by an introduction and informative captions, these photographs, taken from NASA observatories, the Hubble and Herschel telescopes and the International Space Station, capture some of the most extraordinary phenomena of the night sky, including lunar and solar eclipses, meteor showers and comets, as well as distant galaxies and nebulae.
Einstein's Unfinished Symphony
The Story of a Gamble, Two Black Holes, and a New Age of Astronomy
MIT professor Bartusiak explains how the LIGO Scientific Collaboration in Italy first observed the gravitational waves from the merger of two black holes, which in spite of Einstein’s doubts provided proof of the last measurable prediction of the general theory of relativity.
Visions of Our Solar System
Increasingly sophisticated imaging equipment and probes sent to the outermost reaches of the Solar System have amassed a wealth of visual information since the beginning of the space age. Michael Benson has selected the best, often assembling, filtering and re-colouring frames, to create the crisp detailed images in this portfolio. The chapters cover the Sun and each planet of the Solar System, from Earth and its Moon to Uranus and Neptune.
Art, Science, Culture
Written and compiled by an art historian and an astronomer, this illuminating volume identifies the many ways in which the Moon has influenced physics, history, art and popular culture since antiquity. Using an enormous range of images, from a prehistoric ‘sky disk’ to a photograph taken by the Galileo spacecraft, the book explores a miscellany of topics including eclipses, lunar cycles and tides, Space Race propaganda, the Apollo missions and lunar rovers, ancient moon deities, werewolves, lunacy and supermoons. Slightly off-mint
A Journey Through the Universe
A Traveller's Guide from the Centre of the Sum to the Edge of the Unknown
The New Scientist Instant Expert series aims to introduce topics that ‘challenge, engage enquiring minds and open up a deeper understanding of the world’. In this book, the Instant Expert team guide us through space, from our own star and the highlights of the solar system, out into the Milky Way, and on through the intergalactic void to distant galaxies, exploding stars, black holes and dark energy. Off-mint.
Dava Sobel is the best-selling author of Longitude and a science writer of such renown that she has an asteroid named for her. In this book she indulges a life-long ‘planet fetish’, giving a personal account of her response to each planet in the Solar System, while presenting essential information about these neighbouring worlds and illuminating often difficult astronomical concepts. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Glass Universe
The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars
Before women could vote, Harvard Observatory was employing them to interpret astronomical observations. This book tells the stories of a Cambridge student, a young deaf woman, a pregnant Scottish housemaid and several others who between them helped to unravel the principles governing the universe.
How to Live in Space
Everything You Need to Know for the Not-So-Distant Future
The challenges of living in space are multiple: without the Earth’s atmosphere, gravity and rotation, essential activities including breathing, exercising and sleeping require technology. This illustrated ‘space travel manual’ describes all aspects of space travel, from blast-off to the future colonization of Mars, and explores how the development of new technology including graphene is paving the way for space tourism.
Observing the Solar System
The Modern Astronomer's Guide
While modern day amateur astronomy is heavily reliant on digital imaging devices, this practical guide for astronomers of all levels includes techniques on elementary visual observing. It also provides advice for more advanced practitioners who may wish to submit observations to astronomical societies.
How Everything Moves, from Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees
Why does it take so long for thick ice to form? How slowly do stalactites grow? How much lower is a bee's buzz than a mosquito's? Why can we see the flicker in old silent movies? The answers to such questions are revealed as astronomer Bob Berman explains the myriad movements that shape the universe, from the Sombrero Galaxy, which speeds away from us at 562 miles per second, to the oscillations of water molecules. Off-mint.