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Space, the Final Frontier?by Giancarlo Genta
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What future possibilities for space travel are the most likely to succeed? What are the greatest challenges and advantages of space travel for humankind? What are the potential moral and ethical implications of our space explorations? Space, the Final Frontier imaginatively illustrates the possibilities that the exploration and subsequent exploitation of space opens up for humankind. Giancarlo Genta and Michael Rycroft delve into the factors that encourage space travel and speculate on the future of human expansion into space, including: the value and importance of having humans in space; the human exploration and colonization of our solar system; robotic exploration of the outer planets, their satellites and asteroids; the future possibility that humans may leave our solar system; the prospects and implications of our meeting other intelligent beings in space; the likelihood, consequences, and benefits of future space technologies. This insightful and visionary look at the future of human space exploration will appeal to all readers fascinated by space. Giancarlo Genta is Professor in the Department of Mechanics at the Technical University of Turin, Italy. He obtained degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering from the same university, and his current research in applied mechanics is linked to the construction of machines. He has published a large number of research papers and eight previous books including Vibrations of Structures and Machines: Practical Aspects (Springer-Verlag New York, 1993, 1994, 1998) and Motor Vehicle Dynamics: Modelling and Simulation (World Scientific Publishing Company, 1997). Michael Rycroft is a visiting professor at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, and at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. For eleven years he was Head of the Atmospheric Sciences Division at the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, and he also spent four years as Professor of Aerospace at Cranfield University. He has acted as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Managing Editor of Surveys in Geophysics, and also The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Space (2002).
What are our motivations for space exploration? Why should we strive to reach, if not the stars, at least the Moon and Mars? What are the greatest advantages of space to the human species? This thought provoking book will appeal to anyone interested in the future of space exploration.
What are our motivations for going into space? Of the many possibilities for space travel in the future, which is most likely to succeed? Why, and how, should we strive to reach, if not the stars, at least the Moon and Mars? What, and where, are the greatest challenges, and advantages, of space to the human species? This thought provoking book will appeal to all those with an interest in the future of space exploration.
Discusses the opportunities and methods for the exploration and exploitation of space by human beings.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Space today; 2. The gateway to space; 3. Cities and factories in space?; 4. Robots in the solar system; 5. Back to the Moon; 6. Mars, the Red Planet; 7. Exploitation of the solar system; 8. Beyond the pillars of Hercules; 9. Other lives, other civilisations; 10. Towards a galactic civilisation; Appendices.
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