Dreams of Other Worlds describes the unmanned space
missions that have opened new windows on distant worlds. Spanning
four decades of dramatic advances in astronomy and planetary
science, this book tells the story of eleven iconic exploratory
missions and how they have fundamentally transformed our scientific
and cultural perspectives on the universe and our place in it.
The journey begins with the Viking and Mars Exploration Rover
missions to Mars, which paint a startling picture of a planet at
the cusp of habitability. It then moves into the realm of the gas
giants with the Voyager probes and Cassini's ongoing exploration of
the moons of Saturn. The Stardust probe's dramatic round-trip
encounter with a comet is brought vividly to life, as are the SOHO
and Hipparcos missions to study the Sun and Milky Way. This
stunningly illustrated book also explores how our view of the
universe has been brought into sharp focus by NASA's great
observatories--Spitzer, Chandra, and Hubble--and how the WMAP
mission has provided rare glimpses of the dawn of creation.
Dreams of Other Worlds reveals how these unmanned
exploratory missions have redefined what it means to be the
temporary tenants of a small planet in a vast cosmos.
Subjects: Astronomy, General Science, History of Science & Technology, Physics
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