|Title:||Astronomy from space : the design and operation of orbiting observatories|
|Authors:||John Keith Davies|
|Publisher:||Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, 1997|
|Series:||Wiley-Praxis series in astronomy and astrophysics|
|ISBN / ISSN / EAN :||978-0-471-96018-8|
|Subjects:||Astronautics in astronomy|
"Astronomy from space" is the only comprehensive and up-to-date reference work which describes the general principles, technical details and major discoveries of the many astronomical satellites which have revolutionized 20th century astrophysics. With its in-depth coverage of all space astronomy missions, and emphasis on the technical aspects of their design and operation, this book provides a solid overview of the various space astronomy missions in a single volume.
The author combines a concise history of space astronomy with valuable reference material, including launch vehicles, prime instrumentation, mission objectives, operational lifetimes and key scientific achievements. This new edition has been completely revised, updated and significantly expanded with the addition of much important new material, many additional photographs and diagrams, including pictures of less well-known satellites, tables of launch dates and orbital details for quick reference.
After introducing the basic principles, operational methods and engineering challenges of space astronomy, the author describes the satellites used for investigations in the various regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, and the main types of instrument in each energy band. The scientific results of several important satellites are reviewed in detail, various smaller missions are summarized, and a guide is provided to further reading. Each chapter concludes with details of future missions due for launch in the next few years. The final chapter examines possible astronomical satellites of the next century, including instruments on space stations or installed on the Moon.
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|Barcode||Call number||Media type||Location||Section||Status|
|005549||QB136.D38 1997||Book||ISU Central Campus library||Main collection||Available|