BEYOND EARTH — BOOK DOWNLOAD
BEYOND EARTH: A CHRONICLE OF DEEP SPACE EXPLORATION — NASA
Humans abandoned their nomadic habits and moved into settlements about 40 to 50 thousand years ago. We have been using tools even longer. But our ability to send one of our tools into the heavens is of much more recent origin, spanning only the past 60 years. Yet, in that time, we have created new tools — we call them robotic spacecraft — and sent them into the cosmos. Of course, many never got very far. But most did. And many never came back to Earth and never will. In that sense, we as a species have already left a mark on the heavens; these small objects that dot the cosmos are a permanent legacy of our species, existing for millions of years, even if we as a planet were to disappear.
An exceptional book
This book that you hold in your hands (or are reading in digital form) is a chronicle of all these tools, both failed and successful, that humans have flung into the heavens beyond Earth. This monograph contains brief descriptions of all robotic deep space missions attempted by humans since the opening of the space age in 1957. The missions are listed chronologically in order of their launch dates (i.e., not their target body encounters). Different people have different criteria for which kind of spacecraft to include in a list of “deep space probes.” In the list that follows, I have included all spacecraft that satisfied the following guidelines:
You can download the book HERE
Other books here