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Infinity Beckoned

Author : Jay Gallentine
ISBN : 9780803285170
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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.

Infinity Beckons A Poetic Journey Into Boundlessness

Author : Leon Griffith
ISBN : 9781446666333
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Ambassadors From Earth

Author : Jay Gallentine
ISBN : 0803226497
Genre : Science
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Aboard the Glacier -- Problem child -- The convict -- Light fuse, get away -- New moon -- Let's make a deal -- The creators and the makers -- Storming the Sea of Dreams -- Moving at the speed of design -- Job number MA-11 -- The science and the cyclist -- Get off the bus -- Swing in time -- The meeting and the mechta -- Think like gravity -- Didn't they get it? -- The death and the funeral -- One hundred percent failure -- Three-problem Shipley -- Pete and Al's little field trip -- Irradiated plans -- Embarking -- Get it -- Instant science -- Circles of gold -- Last light -- Continuum. Winner of the 2009 Emme Award.

Apollo Pilot

Author : Donn Eisele
ISBN : 9780803299542
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In October 1968 Donn Eisele flew with fellow astronauts Walt Cunningham and Wally Schirra into Earth orbit in Apollo 7. The first manned mission in the Apollo program and the first manned flight after a fire during a launch pad test killed three astronauts in early 1967, Apollo 7 helped restart NASA’s manned-spaceflight program. Known to many as a goofy, lighthearted prankster, Eisele worked his way from the U.S. Naval Academy to test pilot school and then into the select ranks of America’s prestigious astronaut corps. He was originally on the crew of Apollo 1 before being replaced due to injury. After that crew died in a horrific fire, Eisele was on the crew selected to return Americans to space. Despite the success of Apollo 7, Eisele never flew in space again, as divorce and a testy crew commander led to the three astronauts being labeled as troublemakers. Unbeknownst to everyone, after his retirement as a technical assistant for manned spaceflight at NASA’s Langley Research Center in 1972, Eisele wrote in detail about his years in the air force and his time in the Apollo program. Long after his death, Francis French discovered Eisele’s unpublished memoir, and Susie Eisele Black (Donn’s widow) allowed French access to her late husband’s NASA files and personal effects. Readers can now experience an Apollo story they assumed would never be written as well as the story behind its discovery.

A Bunch Of Plumbers

Author : John Newcomb
ISBN : 069245585X
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The Unsung Heroes of the American Space Program A Bunch of Plumbers is the behind-the-scenes story of how NASA engineers, armed with butcher paper, slide rules, and punch card computers, accomplished two of the most successful missions of the 20th century-the Lunar Orbiter Project that placed five spacecraft around the Moon and photographed the proposed Apollo Landing Sites, and the Viking Project that succeeded, against all odds, in placing two landers on the surface of Mars in 1976. John Newcomb's account is a tribute to the Lunar Orbiter and Viking Project Teams and the thousands of other engineers who were the unsung heroes of the space race. Woven throughout this book are stories of extraordinary people like Derwood, who launched rockets from Wallops and continued to play the violin despite losing an arm in a launch accident; superstitions like Lee Scherer's lucky coat; and Newcomb's save-the-day calculation involving rolls of butcher paper. It is a wild ride mixed with sobering realities of sacrifice and dedication. And ...you don't have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy this book.

Kiyama

Author : Diana Kemp
ISBN : 9781771112406
Genre : Fiction
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Spectral eyes watched from the timelessness of the vast tank chamber. Imprisoned in their liquid-filled tombs, the souls of the ancient Omoro kept vigil on the wondrous spectacle of their creation. They whispered like the gentlest of breezes, their thoughts commingling. Below, in a mist-enshrouded chrysalis, their progeny slumbered, a precious creation of flesh and blood, a vital link to the past and the future. The time of awakening was drawing near. A surge of anticipation and excitement rippled through the tanks as the blue mist gradually began to clear within the chrysalis. A shape emerged, a shape that brought joy to the phantom audience. In the tank of one whose essence inhabited a lower level, long-forgotten emotions sprang from the shadow of time. As he observed the awakening, memories of his world, his people and the love he held for his children filled his spirit with elation. His jubilant voice joined the welcoming chant of his kindred. Sparks of energy flickered in the tanks like legions of phantasmic butterflies. The millennia of waiting, the grinding tribulations of the past, were quickly forgotten as a vision of hope and the shining promise of resurrection stirred before him.

Infinity

Author : Thomas P. Ehrenzeller
ISBN : 1561677078
Genre : Philosophy
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Infinity presents a unique philosophical theory of thought and existence. Ehrenzeller believes humankind has subscribed to a limited and finite mode of thought. His is a philosophy of infinite thought and existence with radical ramifications in every field, including economics, politics, education, religion, science, and global and universal relations. The author delivers a studied, rational, and well-organized presentation of his philosophy of infinity and infinite thinking. His ideas are radical, yet he presents them clearly and candidly in an accessible style that will not overwhelm the general reader or bore scholars. His projections of the effects infinite thinking would have in so many areas of human existence are presented with contagious enthusiasm that, if it does not convert, engages the reader in a spirited intellectual dialogue. This is a philosophical argument in its greatest form -- engaging, clear, thoughtful, and passionate. Book jacket.

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