The most comprehensive, most accessible encyclopedia of its kind, this lavishly illustrated reference offers clear and concise explanations of virtually every aspect of spacefrom planets, telescopes, and satellites to the origins of the universe and the discoveries made by Nicolaus Copernicus, Edwin Hubble, and Stephen Hawking.
Thanks to the success of the Mars landings in January 2004, space science is more popular than ever. Complete with up-to-the-minute information and expert commentary, National Geographic Encyclopedia of Space is the definitive volume for studying and understanding the mysteries of the cosmos. Foreword by Buzz Aldrin.
Arranged in six thematic chapters, the encyclopedia features tables, diagrams, maps, and fact boxes which are enriched by recently declassified intelligence material, photographs from the U.S. Navy and National Reconnaissance Office, the latest Hubble images, and essays written by astronauts and other professionals in the field. Complete with compelling graphics, easy-to-digest information, and insightful commentary, National Geographic Encyclopedia of Space is the definitive volume for understanding the mysteries of the cosmos.
"Amazing photographs of deep space that only recent technology has been able to capture.The Washington Post
"This book explains the basics of astronomy, the complexities of our solar system, the technology and physics of getting into space and staying there, and the scientific, commercial and military uses of space. And it is full of illuminating tables, diagrams, star maps and photographs."Calgary Herald