Lunar Exploration: Human Pioneers and Robotic Surveyors

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Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 6, 2004 - Science - 363 pages
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Paolo Ulivi provides a well-paced, rapidly moving, balanced, even-handed account of lunar exploration as a popular history. He covers the unmanned programmes, e.g. Ranger, and other American probes in the late ‘50s and in the later chapters he looks at recent lunar exploration and future plans for the same. It’s a book that will be perfect for an enthusiast or someone coming to the story for the first time, as it does not include excessive technical depth. Uniquely drawing on recently declassified documents, detail of Chinese lunar exploration projects is provided, as well as nuclear lunar weapons of the ‘50s developed by the super powers, Soviet Russia and the United States.
 

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Contents

196069
33
AMERICA WINS THE RACE
91
HOW THE SOVIET UNION LOST THE RACE
193
THE END OF THE RACE
217
A SMALL INVASION
251
THE FUTURE
279
Appendix A Soviet launcher nomenclature
311
Chronology
317
Bibliography
335
Index
353
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