Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

Alan stern and others on new horizons, and including two stunning 16-page full-color inserts of images, Chasing New Horizons is a riveting account of scientific discovery, and of how much we humans can achieve when people focused on a dream work together toward their incredible goal. Called "spellbinding" Scientific American and "thrilling.

. A future classic of popular science" pw, the up close, new Horizons’ mission to Pluto, inside story of the greatest space exploration project of our time, as shared with David Grinspoon by mission leader Alan Stern and other key players. On july 14, 2015, something amazing happened. More than 3 billion miles from earth, just as quickly, focusing its instruments on the long mysterious icy worlds of the Pluto system, and then, a small NASA spacecraft called New Horizons screamed past Pluto at more than 32, 000 miles per hour, continued on its journey out into the beyond.

Nothing like this has occurred in a generation—a raw exploration of new worlds unparalleled since NASA’s Voyager missions to Uranus and Neptune—and nothing quite like it is planned to happen ever again. At a time when so many think that our most historic achievements are in the past, the most distant planetary exploration ever attempted not only succeeded in 2015 but made history and captured the world’s imagination.

How did this happen? chasing new horizons is the story of the men and women behind this amazing mission: of their decades-long commitment and persistence; of the political fights within and outside of NASA; of the sheer human ingenuity it took to design, and fly the mission; and of the plans for New Horizons’ next encounter, build, 1 billion miles past Pluto in 2019.

The photos that new horizons sent back to earth graced the front pages of newspapers on all 7 continents, and NASA’s website for the mission received more than 2 billion hits in the days surrounding the flyby.

The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job Space Exploration

And it explains the grueling mission operations schedule that keeps the rover working day in and day out. No one human understands how all of its systems and instruments work. It tells you how the systems have functioned on Mars, and how scientists and engineers have worked around problems developed on a faraway planet: holey wheels and broken focus lasers.

Its lavishly illustrated text explains how all the instruments work -- its cameras, sample-cooking oven, spectrometers, and weather station -- and describes the instruments' abilities and limitations. This book describes the most complex machine ever sent to another planet: Curiosity. This essential reference to the curiosity mission explains the engineering behind every system on the rover, from its rocket-powered jetpack to its radioisotope thermoelectric generator to its fiendishly complex sample handling system.

. It is a one-ton robot with two brains, nuclear power, seventeen cameras, six wheels, and a laser beam on its head.

The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission

By the time voyager passes its first star in about 40, the gold record on the spacecraft, 000 years, containing various music and images including Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. The story of the men and women who drove naSA’s Voyager spacecraft mission—the farthest-flung emissaries of planet Earth—told by a scientist who was there from the beginning.

The mission was planned as a grand tour beyond the moon; beyond Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune; and maybe even into interstellar space. The fantastic journey began in 1977, before the first episode of Cosmos aired. Goode, ” will still be playable. An ala notable book of 2015*. The fact that it actually happened makes this humanity’s greatest space mission.

Speeding through space at a mind-bending eleven miles a second, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are now beyond our solar system’s planets, the first man-made objects to go interstellar. In the interstellar age, award-winning planetary scientist jim bell reveals what drove and continues to drive the members of this extraordinary team, including Ed Stone, Voyager’s chief scientist and the one-time head of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab; Charley Kohlhase, an orbital dynamics engineer who helped to design many of the critical slingshot maneuvers around planets that enabled the Voyagers to travel so far; and the geologist whose Earth-bound experience would prove of little help in interpreting the strange new landscapes revealed in the Voyagers’ astoundingly clear images of moons and planets.

Voyager 1 left our solar system in 2012; its sister craft, Voyager 2, did so in 2018.

Ignition!: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants Rutgers University Press Classics

This search was a hazardous enterprise carried out by rival labs who worked against the known laws of nature, with no guarantee of success or safety. Acclaimed scientist and sci-fi author John Drury Clark writes with irreverent and eyewitness immediacy about the development of the explosive fuels strong enough to negate the relentless restraints of gravity.

This newly reissued debut book in the Rutgers University Press Classics Imprint is the story of the search for a rocket propellant which could be trusted to take man into space. The resulting volume is as much a memoir as a work of history, sharing a behind-the-scenes view of an enterprise which eventually took men to the moon, missiles to the planets, and satellites to outer space.

A classic work in the history of science, readers will want to get their hands on this influential classic, and described as “a good book on rocket stuff…that’s a really fun one” by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, available for the first time in decades.  .

The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos

Now they are pursuing the biggest disruption of all: space. Based on years of reporting and exclusive interviews with all four billionaires, this authoritative account is a dramatic tale of risk and high adventure, the birth of a new Space Age, fueled by some of the world's richest men as they struggle to end governments' monopoly on the cosmos.

The historic quest to rekindle the human exploration and colonization of space led by two rivals and their vast fortunes, egos, and visions of space as the next entrepreneurial frontier The Space Barons is the story of a group of billionaire entrepreneurs who are pouring their fortunes into the epic resurrection of the American space program.

The space barons is also a story of rivalry-hard-charging startups warring with established contractors, and the personal clashes of the leaders of this new space movement, particularly Musk and Bezos, as they aim for the moon and Mars and beyond. These entrepreneurs have founded some of the biggest brands in the world-Amazon, Virgin, Tesla, Microsoft, PayPal-and upended industry after industry.

Nearly a half-century after neil armstrong walked on the moon, these space Barons-most notably Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, along with Richard Branson and Paul Allen-are using Silicon Valley-style innovation to dramatically lower the cost of space travel, and send humans even further than NASA has gone.


The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World

A sweeping and groundbreaking history of the age of dinosaurs, from one of our finest young scientistsThe dinosaurs. 66 million years ago, the Earth’s most fearsome and spectacular creatures vanished. This gifted scientist and writer re-creates the dinosaurs’ peak during the Jurassic and Cretaceous, when thousands of species thrived, and winged and feathered dinosaurs, the prehistoric ancestors of modern birds, emerged.

In this stunning narrative spanning more than 200 million years, spectacular flourishing, cataclysmic extinction, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, and new history of the dinosaurs, surprising, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field—discovering ten new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldwork—masterfully tells the complete, astonishing diversity, Steve Brusatte, and startling living legacy.

Rex; and paradigm-shifting feathered raptors from China. An electrifying scientific history that unearths the dinosaurs’ epic saga, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs will be a definitive and treasured account for decades to come. Today their extraordinary true story remains one of our planet’s great mysteries.

. Captivating and revelatory, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a book for the ages. Brusatte traces the evolution of dinosaurs from their inauspicious start as small shadow dwellers—themselves the beneficiaries of a mass extinction caused by volcanic eruptions at the beginning of the Triassic period—into the dominant array of species every wide-eyed child memorizes today, T.

Rex, triceratops, Brontosaurus, and more.

The Perfect Machine: Building the Palomar Telescope

Almost a half-century after is completion, the 200-inch Palomar telescope remains an unparalleled combination of vast scale and microscope detail. As huge as the pantheon of rome and as heavy as the statue of Liberty, this magnificent instrument is so precisely built that its seventeen-foot mirror was hand-polished to a tolerance of 2/1, 000, 000 of an inch.

The telescope's construction drove some to the brink of madness, made others fearful that mortals might glimpse heaven, and transfixed an entire nation. Ronald florence weaves into his account of the creation of "the perfect machine" a stirring chronicle of the birth of Big Science and a poignant rendering of an America mired in the depression yet reaching for the stars.


Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon

. A gripping book. The new york Times Book Review. In this gripping insider account, robert kurson puts the focus on the three astronauts and their families: the commander, who’d dreamed since boyhood of riding a rocket to the Moon; and Bill Anders, Frank Borman, a conflicted man on his final mission; idealistic Jim Lovell, a young nuclear engineer and hotshot fighter pilot making his first space flight.

Kurson details the mission in crisp, suspenseful scenes. New york times bestseller • the riveting inside story of three heroic astronauts who took on the challenge of mankind’s historic first mission to the Moon, from the bestselling author of Shadow Divers. Robert kurson tells the tale of Apollo 8 with novelistic detail and immediacy.

Andy weir, #1 new york times bestselling author of the martian and artemisby august 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the Moon by President Kennedy’s end-of-decade deadline, and to triumph over the Soviets in space. And it would all happen at Christmas.

With its back against the wall, nasa made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the Moon—in just four months. In this real-life thriller, and the singular bravery it took, Kurson reveals the epic dangers involved, for mankind to leave Earth for the first time—and arrive at a new world.

Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer

The firsthand account of the trials and tribulations of engineering one of the most complex pieces of space technology, we haven't found answers to one of our most fundamental questions: Does life exist anywhere else in the universe? Ten years and billions of dollars in the making, by its chief engineer Rob ManningIn the course of our enduring quest for knowledge about ourselves and our universe, the Mars Rover Curiosity, the Mars Rover Curiosity is poised to answer this all-important question.

In mars rover curiosity: an inside account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer, the project's chief engineer, Rob Manning, tells of bringing the groundbreaking spacecraft to life. Readers experience firsthand the disappointment at encountering persistent technical problems, the agony of near defeat, and the rush of triumph at its successful touchdown on Mars on August 5, the sheer terror of staking careers and reputations on a lander that couldn't be tested on Earth, the sense of victory at finding innovative solutions to these problems, 2012.

Manning and his team at nasa's jet propulsion laboratory, faced technical setbacks, fights over inadequate resources, passionate, and the challenges of leading an army of brilliant, tasked with designing a lander many times larger and more complex than any before, and often frustrated experts. Manning's fascinating personal account--which includes information from his exclusive interviews with leading Curiosity scientists--is packed with tales of revolutionary feats of science, technology, and engineering.

This is the story of persistence, dedication, and unrelenting curiosity.

Carrying the Fire: 50th Anniversary Edition

He also traces his development from his first flight experiences in the air force, through his days as a test pilot, to his Apollo 11 space walk, presenting an evocative picture of the joys of flight as well as a new perspective on time, light, and movement from someone who has seen the fragile earth from the other side of the moon.

Reissued with a new preface by the author on the fiftieth anniversary of the apollo 11 journey to the moonThe years that have passed since Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins piloted the Apollo 11 spacecraft to the moon in July 1969 have done nothing to alter the fundamental wonder of the event: man reaching the moon remains one of the great events—technical and spiritual—of our lifetime.

In carrying the fire, the drama, in a very personal way, Collins conveys, beauty, and humor of that adventure.

Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science's Highest Honor

Millions around the world tuned in to the announcement broadcast live from Harvard University, immediately igniting rumors of an imminent Nobel Prize. A forbes, science news, and science friday best science book Of 2018The inside story of a quest to unlock one of cosmology’s biggest mysteries, Physics Today, derailed by the lure of the Nobel Prize.

What would it have been like to be an eyewitness to the big Bang? In 2014, astronomers wielding BICEP2, the most powerful cosmology telescope ever made, revealed that they’d glimpsed the spark that ignited the Big Bang. In a thoughtful reappraisal of the wishes of alfred Nobel, finally, providing a vision of a scientific future in which cosmologists may, Keating offers practical solutions for reforming the prize, be able to see all the way back to the very beginning.

. In an adventure story that spans the globe from rhode island to the South Pole, take-no-prisoners, bringing to vivid life the highly competitive, Keating takes us on a personal journey of revelation and discovery, from California to Chile, publish-or-perish world of modern science. But had these cosmologists truly read the cosmic prologue or, had they been deceived by a galactic mirage?In Losing the Nobel Prize, swept up in Nobel dreams, cosmologist and inventor of the BICEP Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization experiment Brian Keating tells the inside story of BICEP2’s mesmerizing discovery and the scientific drama that ensued.

Along the way, he provocatively argues that the Nobel Prize, instead of advancing scientific progress, may actually hamper it, encouraging speed and greed while punishing collaboration and bold innovation.