Amazing Stories Of The Space Age

Author: Rod Pyle
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1633882225
Size: 54.89 MB
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Award-winning science writer and documentarian Rod Pyle presents an insider's perspective on the most unusual and bizarre space missions ever devised inside and outside of NASA. The incredible projects described here were not merely flights of fancy dreamed up by space enthusiasts, but actual missions planned by leading aeronautical engineers. Some were designed but not built; others were built but not flown; and a few were flown to failure but little reported: A giant rocket that would use atomic bombs as propulsion (never mind the fallout), military bases on the moon that could target enemies on earth with nuclear weapons, a scheme to spray-paint the lenses of Soviet spy satellites in space, the rushed Soyuz 1 spacecraft that ended with the death of its pilot, the near-disaster of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the mysterious Russian space shuttle that flew only once and was then scrapped--these are just some of the unbelievable tales that Pyle has found in once top-secret documents as well as accounts that were simply lost for many decades. These stories, complimented by many rarely-seen photos and illustrations, tell of a time when nothing was too off-the-wall to be taken seriously, and the race to the moon and the threat from the Soviet Union trumped all other considerations. Readers will be fascinated, amused, and sometimes chilled.

A Visual Guide To Technology

Author: Alberto Hern嫕dez Pamplona
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
ISBN: 1508175845
Size: 80.39 MB
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In every area of our lives, technology has become a pervasive force. And yet, few understand how much of the technology we use on a daily basis works. This visual guide presents the most cutting-edge applications of technology, detailing who invented different types of technology, what they're made of, and the potential applications they have. Advanced topics such as nanotechnology, bionic implants, and pioneering medical advances are covered in a straightforward way sure to engage all readers in these core STEAM concepts.