Ambassadors from Earth: Pioneering Explorations with Unmanned Spacecraft

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U of Nebraska Press, 2009 - 500 ˹
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Rewind to the 1950s and ponder: was America?s first satellite really built by a college student? How did a small band of underappreciated Russian engineers get pictures of the moon?s far side?using stolen American film? As the 1960s progressed, consider: how the heck did people learn to steer a spacecraft using nothing but gravity? And just how were humans able to goose a spaceship through a thirty-year journey to the literal edge of our solar system? ÿ Ambassadors from Earth relates the story of the first unmanned space probes and planetary explorers?from the Sputnik and Explorer satellites launched in the late 1950s to the thrilling interstellar Voyager missions of the '70s?that yielded some of the most celebrated successes and spectacular failures of the space age. Keep in mind that our first mad scrambles to reach orbit, the moon, and the planets were littered with enough histrionics and cliffhanging turmoil to rival the most far-out sci-fi film. Utilizing original interviews with key players, bolstered by never-before-seen photographs, journal excerpts, and primary source documents, Jay Gallentine delivers a quirky and unforgettable look at the lives and legacy of the Americans and Soviets who conceived, built, and guided those unmanned missions to the planets and beyond. Of special note is his in-depth interview with James Van Allen, the discoverer of the rings of planetary radiation that now bear his name. ÿ Ambassadors from Earth is an engaging bumper-car ride through a fog of head-banging uncertainty, bleeding-edge technology, personality clashes, organizational frustrations, brutal schedules, and the occasional bright spot. Confessed one participant, ?We were making it up as we went along.?
  

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LibraryThing Review

Ԩóҡ  - kashicat - LibraryThing

If you've got even moderate interest in the history of humanity's space exploration, get ready for a fantastic flight. Jay Gallentine, a film and video professional in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has ... ҹԴ繩Ѻ

Review: Ambassadors from Earth: Pioneering Explorations with Unmanned Spacecraft (A People's History of Space)

Ԩóҡ  - Andrew Liptak - Goodreads

Interesting material, but unreadable. The author here manages a very casual style of writing that was just too distracting to read and out of place for the series thus far. ҹԴ繩Ѻ

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The Creators and the Makers
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Didnt They Get It?
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The Death and the Funeral
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One Hundred Percent Failure
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ThreeProblem Shipley
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Pete and Als Little Field Trip
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Irradiated Plans
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Get It
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Job Number mau
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The Science and the Cyclist
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Get Off the Bus
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Swing in Time
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The Meeting and the Mechta
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Think Like Gravity
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Instant Science
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Circles of Gold
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Last Light
442
Continuum
454
Sources
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Index
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Jay Gallentine is a film and video engineer with a lifelong interest in space exploration.

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