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Voyager

Exploration, Space, and the Third Great Age of Discovery

Stephen J. Pyne - Author

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ISBN 9781101190296 | 464 pages | 22 Jul 2010 | Penguin | 18 - AND UP
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"Blooms with such glorious rushes of exalted prose that I was dog- earing almost every page." --The New York Times Book Review

As debate over the future of NASA heats up, award-winning author Stephen J. Pyne presents America's greatest space expeditions as the latest chapter in a continuous saga of discovery that goes back centuries. Pyne's luminous narrative not only recounts the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 missions, launched in 1977 to explore the outer planets, but also fixes their place in Western civilization's urge to explore-an impulse that links NASA's scientists with Magellan, Columbus, Cook, Lewis and Clark, and other intrepid seekers through the ages. Pyne's eye-opening look at what he calls the third age of discovery "reminds readers of the rich cultural history that underlies humankind's exploration of the cosmos" (Science News).

Illustrations

Mission Statement: Voyager of Discovery


Part 1

THE BEGINNING OF BEYOND:

JOURNEY OF AN IDEA

1. Escape Velocity

2. Grand Tour

3. Great Ages of Discovery

4. Voyager

5. Launch


Part 2

BEYOND SUNSET:

JOURNEY ACROSS THE SOLAR SYSTEM

Beyond Earth

6. New Moon

7. Cruise

8. Missing Mars

Beyond the Inner Planets

9. Cruise

10. Encounter: Asteroid Belt

11. Cruise

12. Encounter: Jupiter

13. Cruise

14. Encounter: Saturn

15. Cruise

16. Encounter: Uranus

17. Cruise

18. Encounter: Neptune

19. Cruise

20. Last Light


Part 3

BEYOND THE UTMOST BOND:

JOURNEY TO THE STARS

Beyond Bow Shock

21. Voyager Interstellar Mission

22. Far Travelers

23. New Worlds, New Laws

Beyond Narrative

24. Voyager's Voice

25. Voyager's Record

26. Voyager's Returns

Beyond Tomorrow

Afterword

Appendix
Chronology of Major Lunar and Planetary Missions
Status of Voyagers (August 2009)
The Grand Tour and Its Encounters
The Coldest War

Notes

Sources

Index


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