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Space Chronicles : Facing the Ultimate Frontier - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Space Chronicles

Facing the Ultimate Frontier

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is a rare breed of astrophysicist, one who can speak as easily and brilliantly with popular audiences as with professional scientists. Now that NASA has put human space flight effectively on hold-with a five- or possibly ten-year delay until the next launch of astronauts from U.S. soil-Tyson's views on the future of space travel and America's role in that future are especially timely and urgent. This book represents the best of Tyson's commentary, including a candid new introductory essay on NASA and partisan politics, giving us an eye-opening manifesto on the importance of space exploration for America's economy, security, and morale. Thanks to Tyson's fresh voice and trademark humor, his insights are as delightful as they are provocative, on topics that range from the missteps that shaped our recent history of space travel to how aliens, if they existed, might go about finding us.

Editor's Notep. xiii
Prologue: Space Politicsp. 3
Why
The Allure of Spacep. 21
Exoplanet Earthp. 26
Extraterrestrial Lifep. 33
Evil Aliensp. 42
Killer Asteroidsp. 45
Destined for the Starsp. 55
Why Explorep. 63
The Anatomy of Wonderp. 64
Happy Birthday NASAp. 66
The Next Fifty Years in Spacep. 69
Space Optionsp. 75
Paths to Discoveryp. 84
How
To Flyp. 107
Going Ballisticp. 113
Race to Spacep. 121
2001-Fact vs. Fictionp. 128
Launching the Right Stuffp. 130
Things Are Looking Upp. 138
For the Love of Hubblep. 140
Happy Anniversary, Apollo 11p. 144
How to Reach the Skyp. 152
The Last Days of the Space Shuttlep. 160
Propulsion for Deep Spacep. 163
Balancing Actsp. 172
Happy Anniversary, Star Trekp. 178
How to Prove You've Been Abducted by Aliensp. 182
The Future of US Space Travelp. 186
Why Not
Space Travel Troublesp. 191
Reaching for the Starsp. 199
America and the Emergent Space Powersp. 203
Delusions of Space Enthusiastsp. 213
Perchance to Dreamp. 221
By the Numbersp. 232
Ode to Challenger, 1986p. 242
Spacecraft Behaving Badlyp. 244
What NASA Means to America's Futurep. 252
Epilogue
The Cosmic Perspectivep. 254
Appendices
National Aeronautics and Space Act of 19 5 8, As Amendedp. 263
Selected Statutory Provisions Applicable to NASAp. 293
A Half Century of NASA Spending 1959-2010p. 331
NASA Spending 1959-2010p. 333
NASA Spending as a Percentage of US Federal Government Spending and of US GDP 1959-2010p. 335
Space Budgets: US Government Agencies 2010p. 337
Space Budget: Global 2010p. 339
Space Budgets: US and Non-US Governments 2010p. 341
Acknowledgmentsp. 343
Indexp. 345
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ISBN: 9780393082104
ISBN-10: 0393082105
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 27th February 2012
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.1  x 3.05