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Distant Worlds

Milestones in Planetary Exploration

Distant Worlds by Peter Bond
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Every planet (excepting Pluto) and nearly every other significant body in our solar system has been or soon will be landed on, crashed into, flown by, or otherwise prodded and peered at, mainly by unmanned missions that attract less than their share of public attention. Here, Peter Bond provides an overview of key twentieth century unmanned missions, telling the story of the mission planners and engineers who, working mostly in the background, made these unprecedented achievements in scientific exploration possible. The book illustrates in close detail the human feelings that animated the intense rivalries between the Soviet Union and the United States, and most recently the difficulties that arose in collaborations between NASA and ESA on the Rosetta and Halley's Comet missions.

Springer New York; January 2010
326 pages; ISBN 9780387683676
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Title: Distant Worlds
Author: Peter Bond
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