Space Exploration—A History in 100 Objects (Hardcover)

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By Sten Odenwald, John Mather (Foreword by)
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This is no ordinary space book.

Within the pages of this eclectic pop-history, scientist and educator Sten Odenwald at NASA examines 100 objects that forever altered what we know and how we think about the cosmos. From Sputnik to Skylab and Galileo’s telescope to the Curiosity rover, some objects are iconic and some obscure—but all are utterly important.
  • The Nebra sky disk (1600 BCE) features the first realistic depiction of the Sun, Moon, and stars.
  • The Lunar Laser Ranging RetroReflector finally showed us how far we are from the Moon in 1969.
  • In 1986, it was the humble, rubber O-ring that doomed the space shuttle Challenger.
  • The Event Horizon Telescope gave us our first glimpse of a black hole in 2019.
These 100 objects, as Odenwald puts it, showcase “the workhorse tools and game-changing technologies that have altered the course of space history . . . the tools and devices that, taken together, represent the major scientific discoveries—and celebrate the human ingenuity—of space technology, showing the ways physics and engineering have brought about our greatest leaps in understanding the way our universe works. . . . They make it clear that we have made giant strides in our quest to search ever more deeply into the farthest reaches of the universe—and behind each new discovery is an object that expands our appreciation of space as well as the boundless imagination and resourcefulness we carry within us.”

About the Author

Dr. Sten Odenwald is an award-winning astrophysicist and prolific science popularizer who has been involved with science education for the COBE, IMAGE, Hinode, and InSight missions, as well as NASA’s Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum. He is currently the director of citizen science for the NASA Space Science Education Consortium at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

John Mather won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics for measuring the Big Bang. He is the senior project scientist at the James Webb Space Telescope, which is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Praise For…

A Junior Library Guild Selection

“Captivating . . . fun as well as informative, this lightweight encyclopedia of intriguing objects will fascinate readers of any age.”Publishers Weekly starred review

“This engaging trek through the annals of human invention considers 100 physical artifacts that directly or indirectly advanced space exploration. . . . Whether read straight through or referenced by artifact, [Odenwald’s] collection of brief but enlightening entries is addictive and should appeal to a wide audience. . . . This diverse assortment of STEM milestones provides science, technology, and space enthusiasts plenty to ponder – and even debate.”—Booklist

“Open to any page and find something fascinating to absorb—visually and intellectually.”—David Latham, senior astronomer, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Product Details
ISBN: 9781615196142
ISBN-10: 1615196145
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication Date: November 1st, 2019
Pages: 224