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Author Rogers, Lucy.

Title It's only rocket science : an introduction in plain English / Lucy Rogers
Published New York : Springer, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 350 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series Astronomers' universe
Astronomers' universe.
Contents Introduction -- Rockets and spacecraft -- Space missions -- Movement in three dimensions -- Propulsion systems -- Navigation in three dimensions -- Communication -- Humans in space -- Observing satellites -- Where to go -- The future -- Appendix A : Orbital elements -- Appendix B : Coordinate systems -- Appendix C : Web site address -- Appendix D : Practical information for observing satellites
Summary Most amateur astronomers â€" and many of those with similar interests but who are not currently practising observers â€" have only a sketchy understanding of space flight. This book provides an introduction to its mechanics. The beauty of this book, written by an engineer who is also an accomplished science writer, is that it covers the subject comprehensively, and yet is almost entirely descriptive and non-mathematical. It deals with all aspects of space flight, from how to leave the Earth (including the design of the rocket, mission planning, navigation and communication), to life in space a
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-328) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Astrodynamics -- Popular works.
Space flight -- Popular works.
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- Popular works.
Genre/Form Popular works.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2007939660
ISBN 038775377X (electronic bk.)
9780387753775 (electronic bk.)