Since the historic launch of Sputnik by the Soviet Union in 1957, the world has been enthralled first by the race to the Moon and later by the exploration of space. Lost in the international competition, however, are the hundreds of other missions (commercial, military, and scientific explorations) that have taken place over the past four decades. This encyclopedia gives readersfor the first timea complete picture of every space mission of every country that has taken place from Sputnik through 1999. In addition to providing a chronology of launches worldwide (over 1,000 in all), this encyclopedia includes hard-to-find information on the scientific objectives and results of these missions.
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About the Author
ROBERT ZIMMERMAN is a science writer and the author of an acclaimed history of the 1960s space race, Genesis: The Story of Apollo 8. His essays on astronomy, space exploration, and science history are published regularly in such publications as The Sciences, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Astronomy, Intervention & Technology, Sky & Telescope, and Stardate.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Before 1957
The Chronological Encyclopedia of Discoveries in Space 1957-59 1960-69 1970-79 1980-89 1990-99
Appendix 1. Satellites and Missions Listed Alphabetically
Appendix 2. Satellites and Missions Listed by Subject
Appendix 3. Satellites and Missions Listed by Nation or Group of Nations