Mankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration by Claude PiantadosiMankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration by Claude Piantadosi

Mankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration

byClaude Piantadosi

Paperback | January 6, 2015

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Seeking to reenergize Americans' passion for the space program, the value of further exploration of the Moon, and the importance of human beings on the final frontier, Claude A. Piantadosi presents a rich history of American space exploration and its major achievements. He emphasizes the importance of reclaiming national command of our manned program and continuing our unmanned space missions, and he stresses the many adventures that still await us in the unfolding universe. Acknowledging space exploration's practical and financial obstacles, Piantadosi challenges us to revitalize American leadership in space exploration in order to reap its scientific bounty.

Piantadosi explains why space exploration, a captivating story of ambition, invention, and discovery, is also increasingly difficult and why space experts always seem to disagree. He argues that the future of the space program requires merging the practicalities of exploration with the constraints of human biology. Space science deals with the unknown, and the margin (and budget) for error is small. Lethal near-vacuum conditions, deadly cosmic radiation, microgravity, vast distances, and highly scattered resources remain immense physical problems. To forge ahead, America needs to develop affordable space transportation and flexible exploration strategies based in sound science. Piantadosi closes with suggestions for accomplishing these goals, combining his healthy skepticism as a scientist with an unshakable belief in space's untapped-and wholly worthwhile-potential.

Claude A. Piantadosi MD is professor and director of the F. G. Hall Environmental Laboratory at Duke University. Educated at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he trained in undersea medicine and saturation diving in the U.S. Navy and in respiratory physiology and pulmonar...
Title:Mankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space ExplorationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pagesPublished:January 6, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023116243X

ISBN - 13:9780231162432

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Table of Contents

PrefaceA Short Introduction to the Science of Space ExplorationPart 1: Hindsight and Foresight1. Men and Machines2. A Space Lexicon3. The Explorers4. Twentieth-Century Space5. Back to the MoonPart 2: A Home Away from Home6. Living off the Land7. Round and Round It Goes . . . Where It Stops8. By Force of Gravity9. The Cosmic Ray Dilemma10. Tiny BubblesPart 3: Where Are We Going?11. The Case for Mars12. Big Planets13. New StarsBibliography and Additional ReadingIndex

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Piantadosi assembles and presents the best of the vast amount of information we have accumulated? it will kindle in many a sense of excitement for some of the great adventures still awaiting us as a nation.