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Flying Power! Paper Airplanes & More

With Flting Power! Paper Airplanes & More, kids will log hour after hour of exciting flights. Each terrific plane, parachute, flying saucer, boomerang and rocket will fly or float, spin or glide. Illustrated, step-by-step instructions and flying tips make it a breeze to complete these crafts. Funt to make - and even more fun to fly - these projects will have you soaring in not time. Box is pictured in main photo. Second photo sho...

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The Three-Body Problem

How do three celestial bodies move under their mutual gravitational attraction? This problem has been studied by Isaac Newton and leading mathematicians over the last two centuries. Poincaré's conclusion, that the problem represents an example of chaos in nature, opens the new possibility of using a statistical approach. For the first time this book presents these methods in a systematic way, surveying statistical as well as more tra...

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Capturing the Stars: Astrophotography by the Masters

To gaze at the stars is one thing; to capture that gaze in photographs is something else, a tantalizing scientific art that many attempt and few master.  That rare mastery is on full display in this beautiful volume of space photography from thirty of the most accomplished astrophotographers in the world, both professional and amateur.  Galaxies, star clusters, nebulae, and other deep-sky treasures fill the pages.  Along with the mar...

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Chemical Evolution of Galaxies

The term “chemical evolution of galaxies” refers to the evolution of abundances of chemical species in galaxies, which is due to nuclear processes occurring in stars and to gas flows into and out of galaxies. This book deals with the chemical evolution of galaxies of all morphological types (ellipticals, spirals and irregulars) and stresses the importance of the star formation histories in determining the properties of stellar popula...

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The Adaptive Optics Revolution: A History

Adaptive optics is the most revolutionary breakthrough in astronomy since Galileo pointed his telescope skyward four hundred years ago. It is critical technology that will enable astronomers to answer challenging questions about the universe. Over the last four decades, a formidable and persistent team of scientists from the Air Force Research Laboratory, MIT/Lincoln Laboratory, and private contractors led the way in achieving ground...

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A Performance Assessment of NASA's Astrophysics Program

While a number of remarkable discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics have taken place over the past 20 years, many important questions remain. Continued progress in these fields will require NASA’s leadership. To help determine if NASA can meet this challenge, Congress, in the 2005 NASA Authorization Act, directed the agency to have "[t]he performance of each division in the Science directorate...reviewed and assessed by the Nati...

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Essential Astrophysics (Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics)

Essential Astrophysics is a book to learn or teach from, as well as a fundamental reference volume for anyone interested in astronomy and astrophysics. It presents astrophysics from basic principles without requiring any previous study of astronomy or astrophysics. It serves as a comprehensive introductory text, which takes the student through the field of astrophysics in lecture-sized chapters of basic physical principles applied to...

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Escaping the Bonds of Earth: The Fifties and the Sixties

To commemorate the momentous 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering journey into space on 12th April 2011, a series of five books – to be published annually – will explore this half century, decade by decade, to discover how humanity’s knowledge of flying, working and living in space has changed. Each volume will focus not only upon the individual missions within ‘its’ decade, but also upon the key challenges facing human spac...

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How It Works Book of Space Volume 1 Fifth Revised Edition

Space is the grew big unknown, with billions of lightyears still undiscovered. That doesn't stop humankind from trying though, as this book documents all the research man has poured into exploring our universe. Discover the wonders in our solar system, the technology being developed for space exploration, the strangest and most incredible celestial bodies in our universe, and the best way to observe it all with a a telescope. Solar S...

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Deep-Sky Companions: Hidden Treasures

Stephen O'Meara's new and exciting observing guide spotlights an original selection of 109 deep-sky objects that will appeal to sky-watchers worldwide. His 'hidden treasures' include a wonderful assortment of galaxies, open clusters, planetary nebulae and more, all of which have been carefully chosen based on their popularity and ease of observing. None of these objects are included in either the Messier or the Caldwell catalogs, and...