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Encyclopedia of space exploration
Angelo, Joseph A.
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Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, [2000]

Physical Description:
xiii, 305 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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QB500.262 .A54 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
QB500.262 .A54 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Humankind's forays into outer space have symbolized an era of discovery and scientific achievement unrivalled in human history. This exciting historical period is surveyed in this encyclopedia which provides the answers to the crucial questions readers have about the Universe and their place in it.

Author Notes

Joseph A. Angelo, Jr., an adjunct professor in the College of Engineering at Florida Tech, received a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Arizona. He also served with distinction as a commissioner for the governor of Florida's Commission On Space in 1987-1988. He lives in Indialantic, FL.

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Choice Review

Angelo specializes in books about outer space and the search for life there: The Dictionary of Space Technology (2nd ed., CH, Oct'99) and The Extraterrestrial Encyclopedia: Our Search for Life in Outer Space (CH, Mar'86; rev. ed., 1991) do a good job explaining space and related terminology. This encyclopedia adequately treats the same thing; although numerous entries are duplicated from Angelo's other works, some updated, some not, there are many new entries as well. The publisher's Web page claims this is an expanded edition of Extraterrestrial Encyclopedia, but the title and introduction of the book are silent about this. Two useful appendixes cover space technology measuring units and useful space Web sites. An affordable encyclopedia recommended for undergraduate libraries that do not have other good subject encyclopedias on space exploration. L. Windsor; Ohio University



Encyclopedia of Space Exploration provides students and researchers with an appreciation of the intellectual horizon that has advanced space technology and the continued search for life in the Universe. This easy-to-use resource provides access to definitions and explanations of all terms and concepts relating to the field, including technical terms, complicated technologies, scientific theories, public agencies, and private organizations. More than 350 entries are complemented by full-color and black-and-white photographs throughout. This edition features: Recent lunar missions The exploration of Mars Updates on the Hubble Space Telescope and spectacular new images and discoveries A special focus on Mission to Planet Earth and the use of space to monitor and protect the biosphere An update on the International Space Station A focus on asteroid detection and negation systems Updates on issues surrounding the consequence of extraterrestrial contact, such as the Orbiting Quarantine Facility and the Mars soil sample return The role of robotics and virtual reality in exploring the solar system. Excerpted from Encyclopedia of Space Exploration by Joseph A. Angelo All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.