Creating the International Space Station

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Springer Science & Business Media, Feb 6, 2002 - Science - 395 pages
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As the most obvious man-made object in the night sky, clearly visible to the naked eye, the International Space Station is of interest to almost everyone. Richly illustrated with around 100 figures this is the first book to describe the technical aspects of its design and construction and details of its day-to-day operation. The text relates the orbital assembly on a flight-by-flight basis, listing all the experiments in NASA's laboratory and explains their objectives. By offering a comprehensive mix of operational work, microgravity, science and future plans, it will satisfy both the space enthusiast, eager for a detailed review of the missions, and the specialist wishing to learn more about this science programme.
 

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Contents

The worlds first space station
13
NASAs next logical step
67
Success with Salyut
77
Reagans goahead
88
Salyut 7s jinx
103
Space Station Freedom
113
Mir
143
An International Space Station
163
ShuttleMir
177
Building hardware
189
Orbital assembly
203
Postscript
349
ISS hardware
363
Index 00
381
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Saturn, the a ~ringed planeta (TM), was first inspected close-up by NASAa (TM)s Pioneer 11 space probe in 1979. The two Voyager spacecraft followed up in 1980 and in 1981, but as a ~fly-bysa (TM) these craft had only a limited time to study the planet, its rings and its many moons. Now, after a seven-year interplanetary voyage, the Cassini-Huygens mission, which is a joint venture by NASA and Europe, is due to enter orbit around Saturn in July 2004 to make an in depth survey. In December it will release the Huygens probe, which will dive into the clouds of Saturna (TM)s largest and most enigmatic moon, Titan, and land on its surface, a month later.

The authora (TM)s highly successful first book on this topic, a ~MISSION TO SATURN a" Cassini and the Huygens probea (TM) presented a review of our state of knowledge and looked forward to the arrival of the new spacecraft. Published in September 2002, this book has sold to date 1,090 copies worldwide (726 USA, 364 ROW).