Space chronicles : facing the ultimate frontier / Neil deGrasse Tyson ; edited by Avis Lang.
Contributor(s): Lang, Avis [editor.].Material type: BookPublisher: New York : W.W. Norton, Edition: First edition.Description: xv, 364 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780393082104; 0393082105; 9780393350371; 0393350371.Other title: Facing the ultimate frontier.Subject(s): United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration | United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration | United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration | Astronautics and state -- United States | Manned space flight -- Forecasting | Outer space -- Exploration | Space flight -- Forecasting | Astronautics -- Government policy -- United States | Space flight -- Forecasting | Outer space -- Exploration | Astronautics and state | Exploration of outer space | Outer space | United StatesGenre/Form: Nonfiction.DDC classification: 629.40973
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Prologue: Space politics -- Why. The allure of space ; Exoplanet Earth ; Extraterrestrial life ; Evil aliens ; Killer asteroids ; Destined for the stars ; Why explore ; The anatomy of wonder ; Happy birthday, NASA ; The next fifty years in space ; Space options ; Paths to discovery -- How. To fly ; Going ballistic ; Race to space ; 2001 : fact vs. fiction ; Launching the right stuff ; Things are looking up ; For the love of Hubble ; Happy anniversary, Apollo 11 ; How to reach the sky ; The last days of the space shuttle ; Propulsion for deep space ; Balancing acts ; Happy anniversary, Star Trek ; How to prove you've been abducted by aliens ; The future of US space travel -- Why not. Space travel troubles ; Reaching for the stars ; America and the emergent space powers ; Delusions of space enthusiasts ; Perchance to dream ; By the numbers ; Ode to Challenger, 1986 ; Spacecraft behaving badly ; What NASA means to America's future -- Epilogue: The cosmic perspective. -- Appendices. National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, as ammended ; Selected statutory provisions applicable to NASA ; A half century of NASA spending 1959-2010 ; NASA spending 1959-2010 ; NASA spending as a percentage of US Federal Governement spending and of US GDP 1959-2010 ; Space budgets : US Government Agencies ; Space budgets : global 2010 ; Space budgets : US and non-US governments 2010.
"America's space program is at a turning point. After decades of global primacy, NASA has ended the space-shuttle program, cutting off its access to space. No astronauts will be launched in an American craft, from American soil, until the 2020s, and NASA may soon find itself eclipsed by other countries' space programs. With his signature wit and thought-provoking insights, Neil deGrasse Tyson--one of our foremost thinkers on all things space--illuminates the past, present, and future of space exploration and brilliantly reminds us why NASA matters now as much as ever. As Tyson reveals, exploring the space frontier can profoundly enrich many aspects of our daily lives, from education systems and the economy to national security and morale. For America to maintain its status as a global leader and a technological innovator, he explains, we must regain our enthusiasm and curiosity about what lies beyond our world. Provocative, humorous, and wonderfully readable, Space Chronicles represents the best of Tyson's recent commentary, including a must-read prologue on NASA and partisan politics. Reflecting on topics that range from scientific literacy to space-travel missteps, Tyson gives us an urgent, clear-eyed, and ultimately inspiring vision for the future"--Publisher's website.
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