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Interplanetary robots : true stories of space exploration

Pyle, Rod2019
Exploring the planets has been a goal of America's space program since the dawn of the space race. This insider's perspective examines incredible missions of robotic spacecraft to every corner of our solar system and beyond. Some were flown into glory, while others were planned and relegated to dusty filing cabinets. All were remarkable in their aspirations. Award-winning science writer Rod Pyle profiles both the remarkable spacecraft and the amazing scientists and engineers who made them possible. From the earliest sprints past Venus and Mars to Voyager1's current explorations of the space between the stars, this exciting book sheds new light on ever-more ambitious journeys designed to increase the human reach into the solar system. Drawing on his perspective as a writer for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, ground zero for NASA's planetary exploration, the author further details plans now in development to look for signs of life on Jupiter's moon Europa, submarines that will dive into the hazy hydrocarbon lakes of Saturn's moon Titan, and intelligent spacecraft that will operate for months without human intervention on Mars and in the outer solar system well into the 2030s. Equally compelling are programs of exploration that were considered but never left the drawing board, such as automobile-sized biology laboratories designed for a Mars landing in the 1960s and plans to detonate atomic bombs on the moon. Complemented by many rarely-seen photos and illustrations, these stories of incredible engineering achievements, daring imaginations, and technological genius will fascinate and inspire.
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2019.
368 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-343) and index.
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Online version Pyle, Rod, author. Interplanetary robots Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2019
Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 Alone in the Dark -- ch. 2 The Center of the Universe: Part 1 -- ch. 3 Early Plans -- ch. 4 Frau im Mond -- ch. 5 Suicide on the Moon -- ch. 6 Flash Forward: The Lunar Flashlight -- ch. 7 Mars in the Crosshairs -- ch. 8 Flash Forward: MarCO -- ch. 9 Landing on Luna Incognita -- ch. 10 Russian Rovers -- ch. 11 Flash Forward: Prospecting the Moon -- ch. 12 The Center of the Universe: Part 2 -- ch. 13 Voyagers on Mars? -- ch. 14 ... And Then Came Viking -- ch. 15 Flash Forward: Mars Has MOXIE! -- ch. 16 Barnstorming Venus: Part 1 -- ch. 17 Barnstorming Venus: Part 2 -- ch. 18 Flash Forward: The Tick-Tock Rover -- ch. 19 The Center of the Universe: Part 3 -- ch. 20 A Grand-Ish Tour -- ch. 21 Pioneering Jupiter and Saturn -- ch. 22 JPL's Finest Hour: The Voyagers, Part 1 -- ch. 23 Brief Encounters: The Voyagers, Part 2 -- ch. 24 Into the Void: The Voyagers, Part 3 -- ch. 25 Flash Forward: Going Interstellar -- ch. 26 Notbya Longshot --Contents note continued: ch. 27 Ruddy Chunks of a Red Planet: Mars 5M -- ch. 28 Flash Forward: Robotic Rendezvous at Mars -- ch. 29 Jupiter's Revenge -- ch. 30 Flash Forward: Inflatable Antennas -- ch. 31 The Center of the Universe: Part 4 -- ch. 32 Saturn Ahoy -- ch. 33 Flash Forward: Diving on Titan -- ch. 34 A Return to Mars -- ch. 35 Flash Forward: Grabbing Those Samples -- ch. 36 Other Missions of Exploration and Discovery -- ch. 37 The Center of the Universe: Part 5.
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