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The Moon in the Post-Apollo Era

  • Zdeněk Kopal
Book

Part of the Geophysics and Astrophysics Monographs book series (GAAM, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
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    Pages 1-51
  3. Zdeněk Kopal
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  4. Zdeněk Kopal
    Pages 77-81
  5. Zdeněk Kopal
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 221-224

About this book

Introduction

The aim of the present book will be to summarize the results of the space exploration of the Moon in the past fifteen years -culminating in the manned Apollo missions of 1969-1972 -on the background of our previous acquaintance with our satellite made in the past by astronomical observations at a distance. Astronomy is one of the oldest branches of science conceived by the inquisitive human mind; though until quite recently it had been debarred from the status of a genuine experimental science by the remoteness of the objects of its study. With the sole exception of meteoritic matter which occasionally finds its way into our labora­ tories, all celestial bodies could be investigated only at a distance: namely, from the effects of attraction exerted by their mass, or from the ciphered messages of their light carried by nimble-footed photons across the intervening gaps of space. A dramatic emergence oflong-range spacecraft -capable of carrying men with their instruments not only outside the confines of our atmosphere, but to the actual surface of our nearest celestial neighbour - has since 1957 thoroughly changed this time­ honoured picture. In particular (as we shall detail in Chapter 1 of this book) space astronomy ofthe Moon is barely 15 years old. But relative infant as it is by age, it has already provided us with such a tremendous amount of new and previously inacces­ sible scientific data as to virtually revolutionalize our subject.

Keywords

astronomy atmosphere celestial bodies chronology experiment gravitation instruments moon morphology photon space exploration structure

Authors and affiliations

  • Zdeněk Kopal
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ManchesterEngland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-2101-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1974
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-0278-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-2101-2
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