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Encyclopedia of Space Science and Technology, 2 Volume Set

Encyclopedia of Space Science and Technology, 2 Volume Set

Hans Mark (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-471-65044-7

Apr 2004

1864 pages



A comprehensive resource on the past, present, and future of space technology

Researchers in optics, materials processing, and telecommunications require a reference that can provide a quick study of a number of basic topics in space science. The two-volume Encyclopedia of Space Science and Technology represents an ambitious collection of the underlying physical principles of rockets, satellites, and space stations; what is known by astronomers about the sun, planets, galaxy, and universe; and the effect of the space environment on human and other biological systems. The Encyclopedia covers a variety of fundamental topics, including:
* A state-of-the-art summary of the engineering involved in launching a rocket or satellite
* The control systems involved on the ground, in orbit, or in deep space
* Manufacturing in space from planetary and other resources

Physicists, astronomers, engineers, and materials and computer scientists, as well as professionals in the aircraft, telecommunication, satellite, optical, and computer industries and the government agencies, will find the Encyclopedia to be an indispensable resource.
Air and Ship-Based Launch Vehicles.

Apollo 17 and the Moon.

Ariane Rocket Program.

Artificial Gravity.



Astronauts and the people who selected them: A Compendium.


Biological Responses and Adaptation to SpaceFlight: Living in Space - An International Enterprise.

Biomedical Support of Piloted SpaceFlight.

Cardiovascular Systems in Space.

Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

Civil Land Observation Satellites.


Commercial Applications of Communications Satellite Technology.

Communications Satellites, Technology of.

Communication Satellite Development in Russia.

Conversion of Missiles into Space Launch Vehicles.

Cosmonauts Selection and Preparation.

Deep Space Network, Evolution of Technology.

Earth-Orbiting Satellites, Data Receiving and Handling Facilities.

Earth Orbiting Satellites Theory.

Eastern Launch Facilities, Kennedy Space Center.

Electromagnetic Propulsion.

Evolution of U.S. Expendable Launch Vehicles.

Exploration of Mars by the USSR.

Exploration of the Moon by Soviet Spacecraft.

Extraterrestrial Life, Searching for.

First Flight of Man in Space.

Global Navigation Satellite System.

Global Positioning System (GPS).

Hubble Space Telescope.

Human Operations in Space During the Space Shuttle Era.

Immunology and infection in Space.

International Space Station.

Interplanetary Medium.

Ion Propulsion.


Liquid-Fueled Rockets.



Military Ground Control Centers, United States.

Military Use of Space.


Muscle Loss in Space: Physiological Consequences.

NASA Mission Operation Control Center at Johnson Space Center.

Nuclear Rockets and Ramjets.

Optical Astronomy from Space.

Pathfinder Mission to Mars.

Planetary Exploration Spacecraft Design.

Plasma Thrusters.

Pluto and Charon.

Precision Orbit Determination for Earth Observation Systems.

Rocket Propulsion Theory.

Russia's Launch Vehicles.

Russian Spaceports.

Russian Space Stations.

Saturn System.

Science from Sounding Rockets.

Size and Shape of Earth from Satellites.


Solid fuel Rockets.

Space Life Sciences

Space Programs related to National Security.

Space Radiation.

Space Resources, Occurrence and Uses.

Space Shuttle Orbiter.

Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems.


Sputnik 1: The First Artificial Earth Satellite.


U.S. Manned Space Fight: Mercury to the Shuttle.

Uranus and Neptune.

Vega Project.

Venus Mission.

Weather Satellites.

"…this work is a welcome addition. It is one of the most ambitious efforts to date to embrace the most significant knowledge of the subject's various disciplines…a valuable contribution to the literature of space technology.” (Aviation Week & Space Technology, September 20, 2004)

"…likely to become one of the most significant space science resources available…I highly recommend the title for academic and research libraries…as well as public libraries supporting the interests of space science enthusiasts…" (E-Streams, Vol. 7, No. 4)