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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Space


  • 10 b/w illus. 15 tables
  • Page extent: 428 pages
  • Size: 276 x 219 mm
  • Weight: 1.796 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 629.4/03
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: TL788 .V48 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Astronautics--Encyclopedias
    • Rocketry--Encyclopedias
    • Outer space--Exploration--Encyclopedias

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521773003 | ISBN-10: 0521773008)

  • Published September 2003

Available, despatch within 1-2 weeks

$123.95 (G)

Since the lift-off of Sputnik in 1957, over 8,000 satellites and spacecraft have been launched from over thirty countries, costing hundreds of billions of dollars. While only about 350 people have made the incredible journey beyond our atmosphere, we all benefit in countless ways from the missions. An authoriative and accessible source that collects information on man's quest to explore the Universe, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Space, provides a global perspective of our occupation and use of space, whether for scientific, industrial, commercial, technical, or military purposes. The authors set the stage by describing the space environment, orbits and ground tracks, launchers and launch sites. Subsequently, they discuss the main space applications (telecommunications, navigation and Earth observation, military), plus science missions, planetary exploration, and space stations. Extensively illustrated with more than 300 illustrations, maps, and graphs, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Space will be an invaluable resource for everyone interested in our use of space, and the perfect reference for those working in the space arena. Fernand Verger is Professor Emeritus of Geography at L'Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris. Isabelle Sourbés-Verger is a researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research and the Foundation for Strategic Research, Paris. Raymond Ghirardi is a cartographic engineer at the CNRS and has worked on many geopolitical projects. Xavier Pasco is a researcher at the Foundation for Strategic Research and Associate Professor at the Universite de Marne la Vallee. Pasco is also a Fellow at the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


Foreword; Preface; List of figures; 1. The environment of outer space; 2. Orbits; 3. Ground tracks; 4. The occupation of space; 5. Launchers and launch sites; 6. Political and economic aspects; 7. Near-Earth science missions; 8. Exploration beyond geocentric orbit; 9. Earth observation; 10. Telecommunications; 11. Military applications; 12. Man in space; Bibliography; Internet sites; Index.

Prize Winner

"Year's best astronomy books" in the 2005 annual special issue of Astronomy


"General and specialist readers alike will find The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Space an accessible introduction to space activities conducted by all countries since the mid-20th extraordinarily ambitious accomplishment...[it] will reward anyone interested in the history or contemporary profile of human activities in space." Science

"An authoritative, up-to-date reference..." Paper Clips

"The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Space superbly covers both the mysteries of science and the workings of national politics to present a combined wealth of information ideal for nonspecialist general readers of all backgrounds." The Bookwatch

"...If you want to understand the worldwide system of telecommunications satellites, this is the place to go. you also learn about the space programs of countries such as India, Japan and China, as well as the United States and Russia. This book is very detailed, good for the serious space junkie."...Is HOUSTON CHRONICLE, Sunday Dec. 14. 2003

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