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A Tribble's guide to space

Author: Alan C Tribble
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Space - the final frontier. It's as little as fifty miles away, and yet it is considered one of the most dangerous and remote of places. Popular television shows such as Star Trek and movies such as Apollo 13 and October Sky have fired the imaginations of would-be explorers. Alan Tribble has worked on the design and development of dozens of spacecraft, including the Space Shuttle and the International Space  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan C Tribble
ISBN: 0691050597 9780691050591
OCLC Number: 43729111
Description: ix, 174 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: To infinity and beyond : a brief history of space --
Beam me up : getting to space --
A space odyssey : spaceships and starships --
Out of this world : the environment of space --
To boldly go : the reasons for space exploration --
The shape of things to come.
Other Titles: Guide to space
Responsibility: Alan C. Tribble.

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"Space - the final frontier. It's as little as fifty miles away, and yet it is considered one of the most dangerous and remote of places. Popular television shows such as Star Trek and movies such as Apollo 13 and October Sky have fired the imaginations of would-be explorers. Alan Tribble has worked on the design and development of dozens of spacecraft, including the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. A Tribble's Guide to Space is a how to book that is firmly grounded in the realities of current state-of-the-art space engineering while tapping into the power of imagination that bribes us to explore." "Alan Tribble offers a delightful guide to the nuts and bolts of space exploration, from how to get there to how to phone home and how to survive the harsh environment of space. Using examples from famous space missions, both factual and fictional, Tribble tackles fascinating real-world problems encountered in space exploration. Why do submarine hatches open inward and spacecraft hatches open outward? What do curveballs and satellites have in common? Why did Scotty, the chief engineer of the fictional USS Enterprise, always "need more power"? Why did the fire that destroyed Apollo I on the launch pad burn so furiously that no one could react fast enough to save the lives of the crew?"--BOOK JACKET.
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