Our Future in Space

Book - 2015
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WW Norton
Beyond dares to imagine a fantastic future for humans in space—and then reminds us that we’re already there.
Human exploration has been an unceasing engine of technological progress, from the first homo sapiens to leave our African cradle to a future in which mankind promises to settle another world. Beyond tells the epic story of humanity leaving home—and how humans will soon thrive in the vast universe beyond the earth.A dazzling and propulsive voyage through space and time, Beyond reveals how centuries of space explorers—from the earliest stargazers to today’s cutting-edge researchers—all draw inspiration from an innate human emotion: wanderlust. This urge to explore led us to multiply around the globe, and it can be traced in our DNA.Today, the urge to discover manifests itself in jaw-dropping ways: plans for space elevators poised to replace rockets at a fraction of the cost; experiments in suspending and reanimating life for ultra-long-distance travel; prototypes for solar sails that coast through space on the momentum of microwaves released from the Earth. With these ventures, private companies and entrepreneurs have the potential to outpace NASA as the leaders in a new space race.Combining expert knowledge of astronomy and avant-garde technology, Chris Impey guides us through the heady possibilities for the next century of exploration. In twenty years, a vibrant commercial space industry will be operating. In thirty years, there will be small but viable colonies on the Moon and Mars. In fifty years, mining technology will have advanced enough to harvest resources from asteroids. In a hundred years, a cohort of humans born off-Earth will come of age without ever visiting humanity’s home planet. This is not the stuff of science fiction but rather the logical extension of already available technologies.Beyond shows that space exploration is not just the domain of technocrats, but the birthright of everyone and the destiny of generations to come. To continue exploration is to ensure our survival. Outer space, a limitless unknown, awaits us.

Baker & Taylor
An accessible report on humanity's imminent potential for living in space includes coverage of topics ranging from China's 2020 space station and the colonization of Mars to space-elevator innovations and the mapping of Earth-like exo-planets.

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Impey presents students, academics, researchers, and general-interest readers with a comprehensive examination of the astronomy and technology driving our potential as a species to further explore space, our own solar system, and drive technological advances through exploration. The author has organized the fourteen chapters that make up the main body of his text in four parts devoted to the history of our exploration on earth and in space, the present state of space exploration and the humans and technologies driving it, the near future of space exploration, and the further exploration of the universe beyond our solar system. Chris Impey is an author and faculty member of the University of Arizona. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

A report on humanity's imminent potential for living in space covers topics ranging from China's 2020 space station and the colonization of Mars to space-elevator innovations and the mapping of Earth-like exo-planets.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, c2015
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393239300
Branch Call Number: 629.40112 IMP
Characteristics: xii, 321 p. :,ill., map ;,25 cm.


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Jun 16, 2016

A Captivating account of the race for space. I found one error in my opinion on communication satellites. The totally hyped failure called Telstar, a low altitude satellite built by AT&T is mentioned but the first successful Communication Satellite "Early Bird" invented, designed and built by Hughes Aircraft Company was not mentioned. Early Bird televised the Pope's visit to Bogota to the world and a year later televised the President Nixon Visit to China.

I hope that future printings can correct the record

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