Exploring the Solar System

The History and Science of Planetary Exploration

  • Editors
  • Roger D. Launius

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Roger D. Launius
      Pages 1-21
  3. Managing Planetary Science

  4. Developing New Approaches to Planetary Exploration

  5. Exploring the Terrestrial Planets

  6. Unveiling the Outer Solar System

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 375-381

About this book


Beginning in the early days of the Space Age - well before the advent of manned spaceflight - the United States, followed soon by other nations, undertook an ambitious effort to study the planets of the solar system. The remarkable fruits of this research revolutionized the public's view of their celestial neighbors, capturing the imaginations of people from all backgrounds like nothing else save the Apollo lunar missions. From the first space probes to the most recent planetary rovers, they have continually delivered impressive discoveries and reshaped our understanding of the cosmos. Offering fascinating investigations into this crucial chapter in space history, this collection of specially commissioned essays from leading historians opens new vistas in our understanding of the development of planetary science.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2013
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-44514-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-27317-8
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