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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Space & Space Exploration

Giles Sparrow

The Cosmos is a vast and fascinating subject. From the creation of the Solar System to the Moon landings, from the chances of life on other planets to how stars shine, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Space & Space Exploration investigates the Cosmos... Read moreRead less

The Cosmos is a vast and fascinating subject. From the creation of the Solar System to the Moon landings, from the chances of life on other planets to how stars shine, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Space & Space Exploration investigates the Cosmos and humankind’s efforts to understand it. Every spread is filled with artworks and photographs, data tables and explanations of the workings of the stars and planets, moons, astronauts, rockets and satellites. Did you know that:

  • The Sun is our nearest star but it takes eight minutes for its light to reach us – we see the Sun as it was eight minutes ago.
  • Alexei Leonov, the first astronaut to walk in Space, carried a suicide pill in case he was abandoned.
  • Astronomers use gravity to measure the weight of stars – the pull of one star on another tells us how much mass must be doing the pulling.

The book covers a wide range of topics, from the effects of the Moon on the Earth’s tides to exploring the most distant stars, from the Great Bear to a white dwarf to the first dog in space, from the creation of the Cosmos to the politics of the Space Race to the journeys of the latest probes.
Accessibly written for the general reader and including more than 2000 colour photographs and artworks, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Space & Space Exploration will inspire and educate anyone interested in finding out more about the Universe.

Format: 285 x 213mm pb
Extent: 512pp
Word count: 120,000
Illustrations: 2000 artworks and photos
ISBN: 9781782741640

Giles Sparrow

Giles Sparrow studied astronomy at University College London and science communication at Imperial College London. He has acted as consultant and contributor on numerous popular science books, including The Universe and How to See It, and was a major contributor to Universe. He lives in east London.

ISBN:9781782741640 pb

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