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The Politics and Perils of Space Exploration : Who Will Compete, Who Will Dominate?.

By: Dawson, Linda.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Space Exploration: Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing, 2016Copyright date: ©2017Description: 1 online resource (213 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783319388137.Subject(s): AstronauticsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Politics and Perils of Space Exploration : Who Will Compete, Who Will Dominate?DDC classification: 629.40973 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Contents -- About the Author -- 1: The New Space Race -- The Changing Landscape of Outer Space -- The Politics of Space Exploration: NASA and the United States -- NASA's Goals for 2016-2017 -- The Politics of International Space Exploration -- Russia -- China -- India -- Japan -- Other Asian Space Activities -- The European Space Agency -- Other Space Agencies -- The Israel Space Agency -- Iran -- The United Kingdom -- The Politics of the New Space Age -- 2: The Commercial Space Race -- The Commercial Development of Outer Space -- The Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) -- Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Development of Dream Chaser -- Commercial Crew Program (CCP) Development -- Space Contests and Prizes -- Inflatable Habitats -- 3: Mars -- A Dangerous High Tech Landing on Mars (August 6, 2012) -- The Case for Mars -- The Supporters of Mars Colonization -- Robert Zubrin -- Elon Musk -- Unmanned Mars Exploration -- Life From and on Mars -- How Much Will It Cost to Go to Mars and Why It Is Worth It -- NASA Mars 2020 Mission -- The Mars One Mission -- Final Thoughts on Humans Going to Mars -- 4: Why Not Go Back to the Moon? -- Going Back to the Moon -- The Politics of Returning to the Moon -- Commercial Interests in Returning to the Moon -- 5: The Science and Dangers of Outer Space -- Lost in Space -- The Space Environment -- The Dangers of Spaceflight -- Microgravity Issues -- Muscle Atrophy -- Bone Loss -- Radiation -- Radiation and Space Missions -- Cardiovascular Effects -- Changes to the Human Mind in Space -- Space Debris -- Final Thoughts on the Dangers of Outer Space -- 6: Politics and the Space Race -- An Introduction to Modern Rocketry -- Robert Goddard, the Father of American Rocketry -- Rocket Development During World War II -- Wernher Von Braun, the Father of Space Travel.
The Early History of Space Politics -- Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, the Founder of the Soviet Space Program -- The Space Race Heats Up -- Final Thoughts on the Politics of the Space Race -- 7: The Post-Apollo and Space Shuttle Era -- Post-Apollo Space Exploration Politics -- Space Stations -- The US Air Force vs. NASA -- Skylab -- The Space Shuttle -- The Visions of Max Faget -- The Accomplishments of the Space Shuttle System and the Future in Space Transportation -- The Spacelab Module -- Legacy of the Space Shuttle -- The Military Influence on Space Shuttle Operations -- 8: Politics, the ISS, and Private Enterprise -- International Space Station Politics -- The Legacy of the International Space Station -- Post-International Space Station Politics -- 9: Technological Risks and Accidents -- Technological Risks of Spaceflight -- Apollo 1 (January 27, 1967) -- Historical Context -- Accident Analysis -- The Space Shuttle Challenger (January 28, 1986) -- Historical Context -- Accident Analysis -- The Space Shuttle Columbia (February 1, 2003) -- Historical Context -- Accident Analysis -- Lessons Learned from NASA Space Disasters -- SpaceShipTwo Crash (October 31, 2014) -- Historical Context -- Accident Analysis -- SpaceX Explosion (June 28, 2015) -- Historical Context -- Accident Analysis -- Lessons Learned from Commercial Space Disasters -- 10: New Technology and Deep Space -- Deep Space Exploration Technological Challenges -- Methods of Propulsion -- Ion Propulsion -- Solar Sails -- Habitat Technology -- Radiation Protection Technology -- Communication Technology -- Enhanced Power Technology -- Food Crops for Deep Space Applications -- Water: A Precious Resource -- New Technology and the Road to Deep Space -- Index.
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Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Contents -- About the Author -- 1: The New Space Race -- The Changing Landscape of Outer Space -- The Politics of Space Exploration: NASA and the United States -- NASA's Goals for 2016-2017 -- The Politics of International Space Exploration -- Russia -- China -- India -- Japan -- Other Asian Space Activities -- The European Space Agency -- Other Space Agencies -- The Israel Space Agency -- Iran -- The United Kingdom -- The Politics of the New Space Age -- 2: The Commercial Space Race -- The Commercial Development of Outer Space -- The Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) -- Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Development of Dream Chaser -- Commercial Crew Program (CCP) Development -- Space Contests and Prizes -- Inflatable Habitats -- 3: Mars -- A Dangerous High Tech Landing on Mars (August 6, 2012) -- The Case for Mars -- The Supporters of Mars Colonization -- Robert Zubrin -- Elon Musk -- Unmanned Mars Exploration -- Life From and on Mars -- How Much Will It Cost to Go to Mars and Why It Is Worth It -- NASA Mars 2020 Mission -- The Mars One Mission -- Final Thoughts on Humans Going to Mars -- 4: Why Not Go Back to the Moon? -- Going Back to the Moon -- The Politics of Returning to the Moon -- Commercial Interests in Returning to the Moon -- 5: The Science and Dangers of Outer Space -- Lost in Space -- The Space Environment -- The Dangers of Spaceflight -- Microgravity Issues -- Muscle Atrophy -- Bone Loss -- Radiation -- Radiation and Space Missions -- Cardiovascular Effects -- Changes to the Human Mind in Space -- Space Debris -- Final Thoughts on the Dangers of Outer Space -- 6: Politics and the Space Race -- An Introduction to Modern Rocketry -- Robert Goddard, the Father of American Rocketry -- Rocket Development During World War II -- Wernher Von Braun, the Father of Space Travel.

The Early History of Space Politics -- Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, the Founder of the Soviet Space Program -- The Space Race Heats Up -- Final Thoughts on the Politics of the Space Race -- 7: The Post-Apollo and Space Shuttle Era -- Post-Apollo Space Exploration Politics -- Space Stations -- The US Air Force vs. NASA -- Skylab -- The Space Shuttle -- The Visions of Max Faget -- The Accomplishments of the Space Shuttle System and the Future in Space Transportation -- The Spacelab Module -- Legacy of the Space Shuttle -- The Military Influence on Space Shuttle Operations -- 8: Politics, the ISS, and Private Enterprise -- International Space Station Politics -- The Legacy of the International Space Station -- Post-International Space Station Politics -- 9: Technological Risks and Accidents -- Technological Risks of Spaceflight -- Apollo 1 (January 27, 1967) -- Historical Context -- Accident Analysis -- The Space Shuttle Challenger (January 28, 1986) -- Historical Context -- Accident Analysis -- The Space Shuttle Columbia (February 1, 2003) -- Historical Context -- Accident Analysis -- Lessons Learned from NASA Space Disasters -- SpaceShipTwo Crash (October 31, 2014) -- Historical Context -- Accident Analysis -- SpaceX Explosion (June 28, 2015) -- Historical Context -- Accident Analysis -- Lessons Learned from Commercial Space Disasters -- 10: New Technology and Deep Space -- Deep Space Exploration Technological Challenges -- Methods of Propulsion -- Ion Propulsion -- Solar Sails -- Habitat Technology -- Radiation Protection Technology -- Communication Technology -- Enhanced Power Technology -- Food Crops for Deep Space Applications -- Water: A Precious Resource -- New Technology and the Road to Deep Space -- Index.

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The exploration of outer space has captured the imaginations of generations. This fascination has manifested itself through literature, television, movies, and scientific thought. Nations around the world have signed treaties to ensure that outer space is explored peacefully and for the benefit of all mankind. Human imaginations tend to discount the politics involved. A main idea Dawson (Univ. of Washington, Tacoma) explores is that space exploration is important not only to further develop science and technology, but also to "gain political power." As discussed in chapter 4, the United States attained considerable political power when it beat the Soviet Union to the moon. An intriguing aspect of this work is that it does not begin with a history lesson like many other books on outer space exploration. Dawson commences with the present day and fills in the history as it relates to the topic of the chapter. Each chapter also begins with a list of the key words indexed within it. In the final chapter, Dawson continues to pique the imagination with discussions of the 100 Year Starship, propulsion, and human habitation as humans move closer to the peaceful, political, and perilous exploration of deep space. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals. --Ryan I. Saltz, independent scholar

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<p>Linda Dawson received her BS in Engineering Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and a Engineering Aeronautics and Astronautics MS from George Washington University at NASA Langley Research Center. She is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Science and Statistics at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Dawson served as Aerodynamics Officer for the Mission Control Center Ascent and Entry Flight Control Teams during the first space shuttle mission. During orbital phases, she served as an advisor on the impact of system failures on the orbiter's re-entry trajectory and configuration. From re-entry through touchdown, she was responsible for monitoring the orbiter's stability and control, advising the crew of any necessary corrective actions. Additionally, she serves on the Education Committee and the Space Committee for the Museum of Flight in Seattle.<br></p>

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