This factbook should be of interest to anyone who is curious about what lies beyond our planet. Fact-filled sections include a tour of the Solar System, a journey to the ends of the Universe and the human conquest of space. Data panels give facts and figures and the answers to key questions.
Did you know that if you were travelling at the speed of light - 300,000 kilometres a second - it would still take 100,000 years to cross our own galaxy? Or that the moon is completely silent because it has no atmosphere? Or that the huge red spot on Jupiter is a storm that has been raging for over 300 years? This authoritative factbook should be of interest to anyone who is curious about what lies beyond our planet. Five fact-filled sections include a tour of the Solar System, a journey to the ends of the Universe and the human conquest of space. Also featured in the book are data panels which give facts and figures and the answers to key questions.
Clive Gifford is an award-winning author involved in many aspects of technology. He has written hundreds of articles and more than a dozen books on science and technology, including How to Live on Mars and How the Future Began and he was one of the contributors to The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia.
Table of Contents
1 HALF TITLE 2-3 COPYRIGHT AND TITLE 4-5 CONTENTS PAGE SECTION 1 THE SOLAR SYSTEM 6-7 THE SOLAR SYSTEM 8-9 THE EARTH AND ITS MOON 10-11 MERCURY AND VENUS 12-13 MARS 14-15 JUPITER 16-17 SATURN 18-19 THE OUTER PLANETS 20-21 ASTEROIDS, METEORITES AND COMETS SECTION 2 THE SUN AND STARS 22-23 STARS AND STAR TYPES 24-25 THE SUN 26-27 THE BIRTH AND LIFE OF STARS 28-29 STAR DEATH SECTION 3 DEEP SPACE - THE COSMOS 30-31 THE UNIVERSE 32-33 COSMOLOGY 34-35 OUR LOCAL GALAXY 36-37 THE GALACTIC ZOO SECTION 4 SKYWATCHING 38-39 EARLY SKYWATCHING 40-41 THE SKY AT NIGHT 42-43 CONSTELLATIONS 44-45 OPTICAL TELESCOPES 46-47 RADIO AND SPACE TELESCOPES SECTION 5 PEOPLE IN SPACE 48-49 LAUNCHING INTO SPACE 50-51 SATELLITES AND SPACE PROBES 52-53 MANNED MISSIONS 54-55 LIVING IN SPACE 56-57 THE FUTURE IN SPACE 60-61 GLOSSARY 62-63 INDEX 64 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Facts and Records: Space by Clive Gifford
Kingfisher facts & records
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