Robot Spacecraft

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Infobase Publishing, May 14, 2014 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 321 pages
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Modern space robots are sophisticated exploring machines that have visited all the major worlds of the solar system except Pluto. Robot Spacecraft examines the evolution of these fascinating, far-traveling spacecraft-from the relatively unsop
 

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Contents

From Pioneer Lunar Probes to Interstellar Messengers
1
How Robot Spacecraft Work
34
Robot Spacecraft Come in All Shapes and Sizes
67
Flyby Spacecraft
91
Orbiters Probes and Penetrators
103
Lander and Rover Spacecraft
126
Sample Return Missions
139
Mobile Robots as Scientific Laboratories
150
Future Generations of Robot Explorers
177
SelfReplicating Systems
202
Interstellar Probes
218
Conclusion
236
Chronology
237
Glossary
259
Further Reading
291
Index
297

Robot Spacecraft Visiting Small Bodies in the Solar System
159

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About the author (2014)

JOSEPH A. ANGELO, JR., a retired U.S. Air Force officer (lieutenant colonel), is currently a consulting futurist and technical writer. He has a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Arizona and served as a nuclear research officer in the U.S. Air Force (1967-1987) in a variety of scientific positions involving nuclear weapons development and nuclear treaty monitoring. He is also an adjunct professor in the College of Engineering at Florida Tech, specializing in nuclear radiation protection and waste management. Dr. Angelo is the author of 15 other technical books, including Space Technology (Greenwood, 2003) and Space Nuclear Power (co-authored with David Buden).

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