TIM PEAKE and BRITAIN’S ROAD TO SPACE

Astronomy and Cosmology

Software and Data for Practical Astronomers: The Best of the Internet By David Ratledge BSc,CEng,MICE
DK, “The Astronomy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained”
The Canadian Space Program: From Black Brant to the International Space Station (Springer Praxis Books) by Andrew B. Godefroy
TIM PEAKE and BRITAIN’S ROAD TO SPACE By Dr. Erik Seedhouse
A Spectroscopic Atlas of Bright Stars: A Pocket Field Guide By Jack Martin

Software and Data for Practical Astronomers: The Best of the Internet By David Ratledge BSc,CEng,MICE

English | PDF | 1999 | 182 Pages | ISBN : 1852330554 | 20.2 MB
A book like this could not have been written if many people had not put a considerable amount of effort into publishing and distributing astronomical informa- tion on the Internet. It is probably the case now that there are more private individuals doing so than pro- fessional bodies.
However, whether it be amateur or professionally produced, we live in an age where infor- mation has never been more plentiful and available. I shall try to thank everyohe who either contributed data and/or software, or gave their permission for me to include information here. Because of the sheer numbers involved, I will probably have omitted one or two. This is partially due to my memory but also to the fact that many hide anonymously under the title “webmaster”. Whichever the reason, my apologies to anyone omitted.

DK, “The Astronomy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained”

English | ISBN: 1465464182 | 2017 | EPUB | 352 pages | 185 MB
An essential guide to milestone developments in astronomy, telling the story of our ideas about space, time, and the physics of the cosmos—from ancient times to the present day.
From planets and stars to black holes and the Big Bang, take a journey through the wonders of the universe. Featuring topics from the Copernican Revolution to the mind-boggling theories of recent science, The Astronomy Book uses flowcharts, graphics, and illustrations to help clarify hard-to-grasp concepts and explain almost 100 big astronomical ideas. Covering the biographies of key astronomers through the ages such as Ptolemy, Galileo, Newton, Hubble, and Hawking, The Astronomy Book details their theories and discoveries in a user-friendly format to make the information accessible and easy to follow.
Series Overview: Big Ideas Simply Explained series uses creative design and innovative graphics along with straightforward and engaging writing to make complex subjects easier to understand. With over 7 million copies worldwide sold to date, these award-winning books provide just the information needed for students, families, or anyone interested in concise, thought-provoking refreshers on a single subject.

The Canadian Space Program: From Black Brant to the International Space Station (Springer Praxis Books) by Andrew B. Godefroy

English | 12 May 2017 | ISBN: 3319401041 | 336 Pages | EPUB | 9.76 MB
Canada’s space efforts from its origins towards the end of the Second World War through to its participation in the ISS today are revealed in full in this complete and carefully researched history. Employing recently declassified archives and many never previously used sources, author Andrew B. Godefroy explains the history of the program through its policy and many fascinating projects. He assesses its effectiveness as a major partner in both US and international space programs, examines its current national priorities and capabilities, and outlines the country’s plans for the future.
Despite being the third nation to launch a satellite into space after the Soviet Union and the United States; being a major partner in the US space shuttle program with the iconic Canadarm; being an international leader in the development of space robotics; and acting as one of the five major partners in the ISS, the Canadian Space Program remains one of the least well-known national efforts of the space age. This book attempts to shed a clearer light on the progress made by the CSA thus far, with more ambitious goals ahead. Technical information, diagrams, glossaries, a chronology, and extensive notes on sources are also included in this volume.

TIM PEAKE and BRITAIN’S ROAD TO SPACE By Dr. Erik Seedhouse

English | PDF,EPUB | 2017 | 266 Pages | ISBN : 3319579061 | 31.13 MB
For centuries the British developed a reputation as a nation of explorers. From Francis Drake’s circumnavigation of the globe to the ascent of Everest, British explorers crossed oceans and continents and ventured where few, if any, had gone before. Until very recently, that legacy of exploration had not extended to space.
For decades, successive governments chose to stay out of the human spaceflight programme, but in 2008 there were signs of optimism when ESA selected a new class of six astronauts, including, for the first time, a British representative: Timothy Peake.
This book puts the reader in the flight suit of Britain’s first male astronaut. In addition to delving into the life of Tim Peake, this book discusses the learning curves required in astronaut and mission training and the complexity of the technologies required to launch an astronaut and keep them alive for months on end. This book underscores the fact that technology and training, unlike space, do not exist in a vacuum; complex technical systems, like the ISS, interact with the variables of human personality, and the cultural background of the astronauts. But ultimately, this is the story of Tim Peake and the Principia mission and the down-to-the-last-bolt descriptions of life aboard the ISS, by way of the hurdles placed by the British government and the rigors of training at Russia’s Star City military base.

A Spectroscopic Atlas of Bright Stars: A Pocket Field Guide By Jack Martin

English | EPUB | 2010 | 206 Pages | ISBN : 1441907041 | 4.4 MB
Are you ready for a different way of looking at the stars? Do you want to understand more about what you are seeing through your telescope?
Painstakingly researched, with the data compiled over many years by the author (an amateur astronomer for 45 years), this handy user-friendly pocket-sized field atlas contains the spectra (spectral diagrams) of over 73 bright stars in the northern hemisphere and is intended for use by other amateurs, students, and educational institutions as an introduction to the fascinating and important science of stellar spectroscopy.
Professional atlases are far more complex. Until now, nothing was available at an amateur level. This book fills an important gap as the first amateur spectroscopic atlas to be published. The reader will not need to have any prior knowledge of the subject or understanding of complex mathematics in order to use this book. Written in plain English and without difficult equations, it can make the subject accessible to anyone. It can even serve as a guide to the stars at astronomy club meetings or star parties.

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