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Space Exploration

Space Exploration

Past, Present, Future


304 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $22.95)

Publication Date: October 2019

ISBN 9781445689425

Rights: US & CA

Amberley Publishing (Oct 2019)

Price: $16.95


A lively global history of space exploration, now in paperback

Humanity has always looked to the stars, but it hasn't been until relatively recently that we have managed to travel into space. Carolyn Collins Petersen takes us on a journey from the first space pioneers and their work, through the World War I-led technological advances in rocketry that formed the basis for the Space Age, to the increasing corporate interest in space. This detailed examination of our steps into space is viewed from our potential future there—on Mars to be exact—and considers how we will reach that point. The author concludes with our current advances and our immediate ambitions in space exploration. The future and its scientific possibilities are enthralling: Who will be the first to step on Mars? Will matter/antimatter annihilations take us to the Kuiper Belt, or will it be ion propulsion? What is the Alcubierre Warp Drive? Will it take us to the stars?


"[An] illuminating collection of essays . . . this well-researched volume will surely be a handy reference for space fans and professionals alike." —Publishers Weekly

"Superb . . . this book offers some tantalizing glimpses of what could be." —Inside Outer Space  

Author Biography

Carolyn Collins Petersen is an award-winning science writer and astronomer whose books include Astronomy 101 and The New Solar System. She is CEO of Loch Ness Productions, an innovative production company specializing in cosmically creative content. Her work has appeared in domed theaters and observatory exhibits around the world, including Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. She lives in Black Hawk, Colorado.