Astronomy from Space: Sputnik to Space Telescope

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James Cornell, Paul Gorenstein
MIT Press, Apr 11, 1985 - Nature - 257 pages
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Looking back over the twenty five years since Sputnik heralded the beginning of the space age, these essays distill what has been learned in this spectacularly productive period of reconnaissance of outer space. They cover astronomy before the space age, the geology of the inner planets, the exploration of the moon, the flight of the Voyager spacecraft to the giant planets, the "new" sun, the ultraviolet sky, x-ray portraits of our galaxy, and beyond, the future of space astronomy, and finally the route that has led back from astronomy to the rediscovery of Earth. Numerous photographs and extensive reading lists make this an excellent review for specialist as well as general readers.

The editors and most of the contributors are affiliated with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. James Cornell is coeditor, with Alan P Lightman, of Revealing the Universe: Prediction and Proof in Astronomy (MIT Press paperback).

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