Dreams Of Other Worlds: The Amazing Story Of Unmanned...

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Author Impey & Henry
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Dreams of Other Worldsdescribes the unmanned space missions that have opened new windows on distant worlds. Spanning four decades of dramatic advances in astronomy and planetary science, this book tells the story of eleven iconic exploratory missions and how they have fundamentally transformed our scientific and cultural perspectives on the universe and our place in it.The journey begins with the Viking and Mars Exploration Rover missions to Mars, which paint a startling picture of a planet at the cusp of habitability. It then moves into the realm of the gas giants with the Voyager probes and Cassini's ongoing exploration of the moons of Saturn. The Stardust probe's dramatic round-trip encounter with a comet is
ought vividly to life, as are the SOHO and Hipparcos missions to study the Sun and Milky Way. This stunningly illustrated book also explores how our view of the universe has been
ought into sharp focus by NASA's great observatories--Spitzer, Chandra, and Hubble--and how the WMAP mission has provided rare glimpses of the dawn of creation.Dreams of Other Worldsreveals how these unmanned exploratory missions have redefined what it means to be the temporary tenants of a small planet in a vast cosmos.

Table of Contents
1 Introduction 1<
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>2 Viking: Discovering the Red Planet 13<
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>3 MER: The Little Rovers That Could 40<
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>4 Voyager: Grand Tour of the Solar System 74<
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>5 Cassini: Bright Rings and Icy Worlds 111<
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>6 Stardust: Catching a Comet by the Tail 137<
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>7 SOHO: Living with a Restless Star 161<
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>8 Hipparcos: Mapping the Milky Way 186<
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>9 Spitzer: Unveiling the Cool Cosmos 211<
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>10 Chandra: Exploring the Violent Cosmos 242<
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>11 HST: The Universe in Sharp Focus 270<
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>12 WMAP: Mapping the Infant Universe 302<
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>13 Conclusion: New Horizons, New Worlds 327<
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>Notes343<
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>Selected Bibliography405<
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>Index417<
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