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Baker & Taylor
Explores the history of rocketry, from the gunpowder rockets developed in thirteenth-century China to the use of rockets in future interstellar probes and starships, offering a thorough explanation of the technology and its applications.

Book News
Suitable for high school and general readers, this volume traces the evolution of the rocket from ancient Chinese fire arrows to ballistic missiles to the latest robotic spacecraft. It explains underlying scientific principles, provides capsule biographies of innovators in the field, and forecasts developments for the near and distant future. Features include b&w illustrations, a chronology, an extensive glossary, and a listing of cyberspace sites. Retired from the U.S. Air Force, Angelo teaches introductory astronomy (Rollins College, Florida) and is a technical writer/futurist. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Facts on File
From the fire arrows of ancient China to the ballistic missiles developed during World War II to the rockets of the 20th century, the development of modern launch vehicles have forever changed the destiny of humankind. These sophisticated propulsion machines harness the action-reaction principle of physics and allow humans to enter a world that was previously denied them: outer space. In an eye-opening volume on this technological evolution, Rockets explores the historical events, scientific principles, and technical breakthroughs that now allow complex launch vehicles to send satellites into orbit around Earth.

Sidebars are strategically placed throughout the book to provide expanded discussions of fundamental scientific concepts and rocket engineering techniques. Capsule biographies of important rocket scientists and aerospace engineers are also included to emphasize the human aspect of these technological developments.

Chapters include:
  • From Fire Arrows to Mars Missions
  • Rocket Propulsion Fundamentals
  • Pioneering Rocket Planes
  • Military Missiles and Rockets
  • Space Launch Vehicles
  • Launch Sites
  • Upper-Stage Rockets and Orbital Transfer Vehicles
  • Sounding Rockets
  • Nuclear Rockets to Mars and Beyond
  • Electric Propulsion for Deep Space Missions
  • Advanced Propulsion Systems for the 21st Century
  • Interstellar Probes and Starships.

Publisher: New York : Facts On File, c2006
ISBN: 9780816057719
Characteristics: xvii, 254 p. : ill ; 24 cm


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