Voyager : Exploration, Space, and the Third Great Age of Discovery

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2011-06-28
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA

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"Blooms with such glorious rushes of exalted prose that I was dog- earing almost every page." -- The New York Times Book Review As debate over the future of NASA heats up, award-winning author Stephen J. Pyne presents America's greatest space expeditions as the latest chapter in a continuous saga of discovery that goes back centuries. Pyne's luminous narrative not only recounts the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 missions, launched in 1977 to explore the outer planets, but also fixes their place in Western civilization's urge to explore-an impulse that links NASA's scientists with Magellan, Columbus, Cook, Lewis and Clark, and other intrepid seekers through the ages. Pyne's eye-opening look at what he calls the third age of discovery "reminds readers of the rich cultural history that underlies humankind's exploration of the cosmos" ( Science News).

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. xi
Mission Statement: Voyager of Discoveryp. xiii
The Beginning of Beyond: Journey of an Ideap. 1
Escape Velocityp. 3
Grand Tourp. 11
Great Ages of Discoveryp. 35
Voyagerp. 52
Launchp. 68
Beyond The Sunset Journey Across the Solar Systemp. 81
Beyond Earthp. 83
New Moonp. 85
Cruisep. 98
Missing Marsp. 110
Beyond the Inner Planetsp. 143
Cruisep. 145
Encounter: Asteroid Beltp. 154
Cruisep. 161
Encounter: Jupiterp. 169
Cruisep. 187
Encounter: Saturnp. 200
Cruisep. 232
Encounter: Uranusp. 243
Cruisep. 269
Encounter: Neptunep. 286
Cruisep. 303
Last Lightp. 312
Beyond the Utmost Bond: Journey to the Starsp. 317
Beyond Bow Shockp. 319
Voyager Interstellar Missionp. 321
Far Travelersp. 325
New Worlds, New Lawsp. 330
Beyond Narrativep. 339
Voyager's Voicep. 341
Voyager's Recordp. 347
Voyager's Returnsp. 356
Beyond Tomorrowp. 365
Afterwordp. 373
Appendixp. 377
Chronology of Major Lunar and Planetary Missionsp. 377
Status of Voyagers (August 2009)p. 380
The Grand Tour and Its Encountersp. 380
The Coldest Warp. 388
Notesp. 389
Sourcesp. 419
Indexp. 427
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