- Paperback: 317 pages
- Publisher: Checkmark Books; 2 edition (February 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816040923
- ISBN-13: 978-0816040926
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,213,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To Rise from Earth: An Easy-To-Understand Guide to Space Flight 2nd Edition
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Lee, a space flight engineer with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, delivers just what the subtitle promises: a nontechnical lay reader's introduction to the technology, physics, and history of spaceflight. In seven chapters, the author explains the workings of launch vehicles, orbits, and satellites with the help of numerous charts and illustrations. He describes the basics of orbital mechanics and how spacecraft accomplish the maneuvers necessary to rendezvous in space. A chapter on space history traces U.S. and Russian space milestones, and coverage of Space Shuttle operations, unmanned planetary exploration, and the future of Mars exploration round out the book. This is a useful introductory reference that, despite some minor factual errors and misidentifications in the captions (e.g., the first manned lunar landing took place on July 20, not January 20, 1969, and the crew pictured is obviously not the crew of Gemini 8 bobbing in the Pacific Ocean but a studio shot of Gemini 12's crew) will be a useful addition for public libraries.?Thomas J. Frieling, Bainbridge Coll., Ga.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Promising to teach orbital mechanics "without the math," Lee, an engineer with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, delivers the facts space enthusiasts will savor--but they must be enthusiasts. The casually interested, spoiled by the glossy paper and color photos of high-end space books, will probably sniff at this volume's gray graphics, line drawings, and black-and-white photographs. Lee's purpose is less to impress than to explain the principles of rocket propulsion and how a spacecraft achieves or changes orbit. Verily, interested readers yearn to see a shuttle launch, and, after telling them where to write for tickets, Lee profiles the sequence of countdown events, followed by the major events of maneuvering in flight. The other orbital problem Lee explains is how to get to Mars, which two new spacecraft, dubbed Mars Pathfinder and Mars Global Surveyor, will attempt to do in the winter of 1996, lending this book the asset of pre-event timeliness. Given the longstanding fascination with space, some public libraries will surely supply Lee with readers. Gilbert Taylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I quibbled with the occasional inaccuracy on non-central subjects: Michael Collins may now be "pursuing a career in international diplomacy," but after he left the astronaut corps he first became the director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. And Apollo 13 was never in danger of running out of air, since the lunar module needed plenty of extra oxygen to vent out the cabin at the beginning of each moonwalk. But those are peripheral to the core and only of interest to a nitpicker like me, who starts looking for other inaccuracies rather than continuing to pay full attention to the text.
It would also have been nice to see more about the technology of space flight than just the orbital mechanics. For example, it might have been worthwhile to discuss the sort of instruments that get put on board a spacecraft and the technology that a satellite uses to determine its position.
But anyhow, the book is very good at what it covers. I would recommend it highly to someone who is just learning about space flight, though only mildly to someone who already knows the basic concepts.
The book is profusely illustrated, and full of marginal comments - Historical facts, Scientific facts, Rules of thumb - which make it very dippable. True to its intent, it explains the pricipals of space flight clearly, without using a single equation.
As well as the theory, the book also gives a history of space flight, from the first experiments with rockects by Goddard and von Braun, through the American manned space programs (Mercury, Gemini, Apollo), with a large chapter devoted to the Space Shuttle. A review of unmanned planetary probes is also given, along with a final chapter on future exploration of Mars.
Throughout the book focuses on the American space program. One of its shortcomings is that the Russian space program is almost completely ignored. Also some of the Scientific and Historical facts given are wrong.
Overall, a very simple, readable and useful reference