Infinity Beckoned: Adventuring Through the Inner Solar System, 1969-1989 by Jay GallentineInfinity Beckoned: Adventuring Through the Inner Solar System, 1969-1989 by Jay Gallentine

Infinity Beckoned: Adventuring Through the Inner Solar System, 1969-1989

byJay GallentineForeword byBobak Ferdowsi

Hardcover | January 1, 2016

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Infinity Beckoned illuminates a critical period of space history when humans dared an expansive leap into the inner solar system. With an irreverent and engaging style, Jay Gallentine conveys the trials and triumphs of the people on the ground who conceived and engineered the missions that put robotic spacecraft on the heavenly bodies nearest our own. These dedicated space pioneers include such individuals as Soviet Russia's director of planetary missions, who hated his job but kept at it for fifteen years, enduring a paranoid bureaucracy where even the copy machines were strictly regulated.
Based on numerous interviews, Gallentine delivers a rich variety of stories involving the men and women, American and Russian, responsible for such groundbreaking endeavors as the Mars Viking missions of the 1970s and the Soviet Venera flights to Venus in the 1980s. From the dreamers responsible for the Venus landing who discovered that dropping down through heavy clouds of sulfuric acid and 900-degree heat was best accomplished by surfing to the five-man teams puppeteering the Soviet moon rovers from a top-secret, off-the-map town without a name, the people who come to life in these pages persevered in often trying, thankless circumstances. Their legacy is our better understanding of our own planet and our place in the cosmos.
Jay Gallentine is a historian and filmmaker who has spent more than ten years researching the history of unmanned spaceflight. He is the author of Ambassadors from Earth: Pioneering Explorations with Unmanned Spacecraft (Nebraska, 2009), winner of the 2009 Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Literature. Bobak Ferdowsi is a systems e...
Title:Infinity Beckoned: Adventuring Through the Inner Solar System, 1969-1989Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.26 × 6.37 × 1.41 inPublished:January 1, 2016Publisher:UNP - NebraskaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803234465

ISBN - 13:9780803234468

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1. Beach Brainstorm
2. What If…
3. Dead at Birth
4. Failure to Communicate
5. Halt the Work, Destroy All Materials
6. There and Back Again
7. Sitting Cosmonauts
8. Cauldron of Contradictions
9. Buy-In
10. "Prepared Area"
11. Laying Eggs (Somehow)
12. How Low Can You Go?
13. Three Mistakes
14. Devil from Redondo
15. The Boy to Be Beaten
16. How to Buy a Computer That Does Not Exist
17. Downsurfing
18. Gulliver’s Travels
19. Too Much Too Soon
20. Scientific Charity
21. Last Man Home
22. Bonneville, Notch Rock, Double-Squirt, Sudden Death
23. Post-Mortem
24. Sons of a Bitch
25. The Sum of All Nations
26. Hang Time
27. The Rules of Resigning
28. Wonders Never Cease


Editorial Reviews

"With Infinity Beckoned you'll read a big piece of history you never even knew was there."-Jeffrey Kluger, coauthor of Apollo 13
- Jeffrey Kluger - 20150305