Space and Astronomy

Space and Astronomy

Decade by Decade

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Looks at the history of astronomy and space flight throughout the twentieth-century.

Facts on File
For thousands of years, humans have scanned the sky and charted the movement of celestial bodies. The daily and seasonal patterns of the Sun, Moon, and stars guided sailors home, dictated the timing of planting and harvesting, and became an inspiration for festivals, celebrations, and holidays. The appearance of novae, comets, and storms of "shooting stars" lighting up the predawn hours were interpreted as lucky signs, dire omens, or special messages from the gods. These practical and spiritual connections of astronomy with human activity motivated and inspired improvements in observations and technology, which led to a deeper interest in exploring what lies beyond the outskirts of this galaxy and the next.

Space and Astronomy: Decade by Decade reveals how the astronomers unravel the mysteries of how the Sun shines, how stars collapse into black holes, and how the universe expands. It is the story of dreamers who designed rockets to bring back knowledge of other worlds and other galaxies. This volume of the Twentieth-Century Science set describes the progress of astronomy and the development of spaceflight from 1901 to 2000.

Publisher: New York : Facts on File, c2007
ISBN: 9780816055364 (acid-free paper)
081605536X (acid-free paper)
Branch Call Number: Y520.904 DYS
Characteristics: xix, 284 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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