Spaceflight: A Concise History (MIT Press Essential Knowledge) (Paperback)

Spaceflight: A Concise History (MIT Press Essential Knowledge) Cover Image
$15.95
On Our Shelves Now at:
Politics and Prose at 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
9 on hand, as of Dec 12 9:15am
Politics and Prose at 70 District Square SW
1 on hand, as of Dec 12 9:30am

Description


A concise history of spaceflight, from military rocketry through Sputnik, Apollo, robots in space, space culture, and human spaceflight today.

Spaceflight is one of the greatest human achievements of the twentieth century. The Soviets launched Sputnik, the first satellite, in 1957; less than twelve years later, the American Apollo astronauts landed on the Moon. In this volume of the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Michael Neufeld offers a concise history of spaceflight, mapping the full spectrum of activities that humans have developed in space.

Neufeld explains that "the space program" should not be equated only with human spaceflight. Since the 1960s, unmanned military and commercial spacecraft have been orbiting near the Earth, and robotic deep-space explorers have sent back stunning images of faraway planets. Neufeld begins with the origins of space ideas and the discovery that rocketry could be used for spaceflight. He then discusses the Soviet-U.S. Cold War space race and reminds us that NASA resisted adding female astronauts even after the Soviets sent the first female cosmonaut into orbit. He analyzes the two rationales for the Apollo program: prestige and scientific discovery (this last something of an afterthought). He describes the internationalization and privatization of human spaceflight after the Cold War, the cultural influence of space science fiction, including Star Trek and Star Wars, space tourism for the ultra-rich, and the popular desire to go into space. Whether we become a multiplanet species, as some predict, or continue to call Earth home, this book offers a useful primer.



Product Details
ISBN: 9780262536332
ISBN-10: 0262536331
Publisher: Mit Press
Publication Date: October 5th, 2018
Pages: 248
Language: English
Series: MIT Press Essential Knowledge

Membership Benefits

Membership 
 

 Gift cards can be used online or in-store.

Gift Card