Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds

In Placing Outer Space Lisa Messeri traces how the place-making practices of planetary scientists transform the void of space into a cosmos filled with worlds that can be known and explored. Making planets into places is central to the daily practices and professional identities of the astronomers, geologists, and computer scientists Messeri studies. She takes readers to the Mars Desert Research Station and a NASA research center to ...

Statistical Problems in Particle Physics, Astrophysics And Cosmology

These proceedings comprise current statistical issues in analyzing data in particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology, as discussed at the PHYSTAT05 conference in Oxford. This is a continuation of the popular PHYSTAT series; previous meetings were held at CERN (2000), Fermilab (2000), Durham (2002) and Stanford (2003).In-depth discussions on topical issues are presented by leading statisticians and research workers in their relevan...

Handbook of Cosmic Hazards and Planetary Defense

Covers in a comprehensive fashion all aspects of cosmic hazards and possible strategies for contending with these threats through a comprehensive planetary defense strategy. This handbook brings together in a single reference work a rich blend of information about the various types of cosmic threats that are posed to human civilization by asteroids, comets, bolides, meteors, solar flares and coronal mass ejections, cosmic radiation a...

Was ist was?, Band 21: Der Mond

Warum fällt der Mond nicht auf die Erde? Warum gibt es Ebbe und Flut? Was ist eine Mondfinsternis? Diese und viele andere Fragen beantwortet der Autor Professor Dr. Erich Übelacker, der langjährige Leiter des Planetariums in Hamburg. Anschauliche Illustrationen zeigen die Wechselwirkungen zwischen Sonne, Mond und Erde. Die Apollo-Flüge zum Mond, die einen Höhepunkt in der Geschichte der Raumfahrt darstellen, haben ebenso einen Platz ...

All About Space Annual Volume 4

Mankind has gone to great lengths to explore space. It is a natural curiosity that has led us to build incredible machines and push the boundaries of what we thought was possible. In the All About Space Annual Volume 4, you'll find a collection of the best articles from the last year of All About Space magazine. From the incredible space experiments and record-breaking astronauts to multiverse theories and the hunt for wormholes, thi...

Solar Radiation Applications

This book presents the outcomes of selective and classic works on the optimization of these essential fields in active solar energy research. Two essential components of solar energy which are derivable from the sun-radiant light (passive solar power) and heat (active solar powers) have been harnessed for decades using a range of continuously-evolving and cutting-edge technologies. Such technologies include solar heating, solar photo...

Tungus Event or the Great Siberian Meteorite

This popular science book examines the Tungus Event, a major mystery of the 20th century, in a factual and informed way. It provides "on-the-ground" descriptions of the site and explains the findings and the puzzlement of international scientists who have investigated it over the decades. After a brief and readable overview of comets, meteors, the sun and the solar system, the author ponders the range of possible explanations for the...

Mercury 13. La vera storia di tredici donne e del sogno di volare nello spazio

A cavallo del 1960, tredici donne pilota americane hanno sostenuto e superato brillantemente gli stessi test a cui venivano sottoposti gli astronauti (maschi) americani. Purtroppo i tempi non erano maturi, le donne erano ancora tenute essenzialmente a fare le "mogli dell'astronauta", e la Luna è rimasta un sogno per tutte loro. Eppure, i loro sforzi non sono stati vani: la loro resistenza, la loro caparbietà, il loro coraggio, l'impe...

Astronomical Algorithms, 2nd Edition

From the Book: When, in 1978, I wrote the first (Belgian) edition of my astronomical Formulae for Calculators, the industry of microcomputers was just starting its worldwide expansion. Because these "personal computers" were not yet within reach of everybody, the aforesaid book was written mainly for the users of pocket calculating machines and therefore calculation methods requiring a large amount of computer memory, or many steps i...