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Mining The Sky: Untold Riches
from the Asteroids, Comets and Planets
By John S. Lewis
Dr. Lewis (Co-Director, NASA/University of Arizona Space
Engineering Research Center) makes a convincing case for
balancing research and economic necessity by proposing
strategies to extract oxygen from lunar rocks, harness the
natural hydrogen and helium of the gas giant planets to power
fusion reactors, and create space vehicles from hollowed out
asteroids. His argument rests on the proposition that space
exploration is not just an expensive hobby but also a source of
tremendous business opportunity.
Hatfield Photographic Lunar Atlas
By Commander Henry Hatfield
Edited by Jeremy Cook
Long regarded as the finest photographic lunar atlas available,
The Hatfield Lunar Atlas is a model of accuracy and clarity.
This new version updates some of the maps, names, and technical
data, but uses Commander Henry Hatfield's original — and unexcelled
— photographic plates, taken with a purpose-built 30 cm reflector.
The Atlas is divided into sixteen sections, each of which is made up
of five or more photographic plates together with a map. While
perhaps not as widely preferred in professional astronomy as Antonin
Rukl's "Atlas Of The Moon" (currently out of print) or
The Full Moon Atlas (available online or CD-ROM), the
Hatfield Atlas is an extremely valuable resource.
Moon: Resources, Future
Development and Colonization
By David G. Schrunk, Burton L. Sharpe,
Bonnie L. Cooper and Madhu Thangavelu (Wiley-Praxis
Series in Space Science and Technology) Taking the reader from plans already at an advanced stage
for the next ten years to well into the next century, this work
discusses the rationale for future activities, and shows how this
future development could take place. The book shows the potential
for lunar bases and colonies, and shows that it is an ideal site for
scientific laboratories dedicated to geosciences, astronomy and life
sciences, and most importantly its role as a proving ground and
launch pad for future Solar System exploration.
and Naming the Moon:
A History of Lunar Cartography
By Ewen A. Whitaker
With its wonderful historical maps and rare early photographs,
this book is a treat for everyone interested in the Moon. Anyone
who observes the Moon, perhaps through binoculars or a small
telescope, will appreciate this unique account of lunar mapping
and nomenclature. How did the craters get their names? Who made
the first maps of the Moon, and how were they improved over
time? Four centuries of progress are beautifully summarized. The
excellent appendices and bibliography provide a launch pad for
those who wish to learn more.
11: The NASA Mission Reports
(NASA Mission Reports, Volume 1 & 2)
Edited by Robert Godwin
With Foreword by Buzz Aldrin
Volume 1 of the Apollo 11 Mission Reports is not just
another picture book about planting the flag. This really tells
everybody from novices and students right up to aerospace engineers
how it was done. You could almost fly your own mission with the
plethora of detail included here. The accompanying CD-ROM contains
one hour of official NASA video, as well as every 70mm photo taken
by the crew — 1395 in all — cataloged in order. It also contains
something completely new: three of the panoramas taken by Neil
Armstrong of Tranquility Base have been stitched together into a
seamless video that you can pan and zoom around to experience what
it really looked like up there.
Volume 2 contains the recently declassified official crew
debriefing in Houston after the mission, transcribed in the crew's
own words, including the particularly intriguing UFO report. The
CD-ROM in Volume 2 includes the full 2.5-hour uncut and unedited
moonwalk, the fourth panorama taken by Buzz Aldrin, as well as an
exclusive fifty-minute video interview with Buzz himself.
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