Mankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration

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Columbia University Press, 8 Jan 2013 - 320 halaman

Seeking to reenergize Americans' passion for the space program, the value of further exploration of the Moon, and the importance of human beings on the final frontier, Claude A. Piantadosi presents a rich history of American space exploration and its major achievements. He emphasizes the importance of reclaiming national command of our manned program and continuing our unmanned space missions, and he stresses the many adventures that still await us in the unfolding universe. Acknowledging space exploration's practical and financial obstacles, Piantadosi challenges us to revitalize American leadership in space exploration in order to reap its scientific bounty.

Piantadosi explains why space exploration, a captivating story of ambition, invention, and discovery, is also increasingly difficult and why space experts always seem to disagree. He argues that the future of the space program requires merging the practicalities of exploration with the constraints of human biology. Space science deals with the unknown, and the margin (and budget) for error is small. Lethal near-vacuum conditions, deadly cosmic radiation, microgravity, vast distances, and highly scattered resources remain immense physical problems. To forge ahead, America needs to develop affordable space transportation and flexible exploration strategies based in sound science. Piantadosi closes with suggestions for accomplishing these goals, combining his healthy skepticism as a scientist with an unshakable belief in space's untapped -- and wholly worthwhile -- potential.

 

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Pianatadosi (pathology, Duke Univ.; The Biology of Human Survival: Life and Death in Extreme Environments) specializes in studies of survival in extreme environments. Here he offers a brief history of ... Baca ulasan lengkap

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A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENCE
1
MEN AND MACHINES
13
So Few Plausible Options
22
The Thin Blue Line
28
Some Astronomical Concepts
36
THE EXPLORERS
45
The HardShell Engineers
59
TWENTIETHCENTURY SPACE
68
Making Room for the Jolly Green Giant
146
BY FORCE OF GRAVITY
152
Weightlessness and the White Cell
165
The ABCs of Cosmic Rays
172
Radiations Effects
181
TINY BUBBLES
188
Gas Leaks
195
THE CASE FOR MARS
203

Project Apollo 71 The Shuttle Disasters
74
BACK TO THE MOON
88
Water Water Everywhere
95
Extravehicular Activity
105
LIVING OFF THE LAND
117
Ecological Footprints
125
Water and Food
133
ROUND AND ROUND IT GOES
140
Surface Time 211 Suits and Structures
214
The Truth About Asteroids 221 Oasis Ceres
223
Moons of the Ice Giants
231
On Leaving the Solar System
238
Changing Ourselves
245
Bibliography and Additional Reading 251 Index
269
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Claude A. Piantadosi MD is professor and director of the F. G. Hall Environmental Laboratory at Duke University. Educated at the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he trained in undersea medicine and saturation diving in the U.S. Navy and in respiratory physiology and pulmonary medicine at Duke. He spent thirty years as a resource consultant to NASA. He is an author of more than three hundred scientific papers and The Biology of Human Survival: Life and Death in Extreme Environments.

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