It's ONLY Rocket Science

An Introduction in Plain English

  • Lucy Rogers

Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Pages 1-17
  3. Pages 55-81
  4. Pages 115-132
  5. Pages 151-168
  6. Pages 169-208
  7. Pages 209-235
  8. Pages 237-271
  9. Pages 273-302
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 303-350

About this book


"Well, it’s not rocket science, is it?"

How many times have you heard people use that expression when they mean something pretty simple? There are other areas of science and technology that are arguably more challenging than rocket science, but no other (perhaps apart from brain surgery) has entered mainstream English vocabulary as a byword for ‘difficult’.

But ‘hard to understand’ isn’t the same as ‘impossible to understand’, as Dr Lucy Rogers – who is herself currently working as a rocket scientist – shows in this book.

She describes, in everyday terms and entirely without complex math, just what is involved in launching something into space, to explore the universe beyond our small planet. If you want to understand the fundamentals of space flight, from how to leave the Earth – including the design of the rocket and vehicle, mission planning, navigation and communication – to life in space and the effects of weightlessness, begin your journey here.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Lucy Rogers
    • 1
  1. 1.Isle of WightUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer New York 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-75377-5
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-75378-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1614-659X
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