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Comprehensive illustrated guide to the history of U.S. and international space exploration, both manned and unmannedThroughout history, humans have been fascinated by space. From the Babylonian astronomers of 700 BCE who charted the paths of planets, to the ancient Inca and Aztec builders of early astronomical observatories, to the launch of Sputnik 1 and the Moon landing, through today's private and public space exploration endeavors, we have always looked to the skies to learn about our place in the universe. The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration is the first in-depth, fully illustrated history of global space discovery and exploration from ancient times to the modern era.Space historian Roger D. Launius examines the thousands of years that humans have endeavored to understand the universe, including the pioneering work undertaken by the ancients of Greece, Rome, and China; the great astronomical discoveries of Renaissance thinkers such as Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler; and the technological and mechanical breakthroughs that have enabled the human race to explore far beyond our own planet in recent decades.



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Jenny Linford

Jenny Linford is a professional food writer based in London and a member of the Guild of Food Writers. She is the author of several books including The Tomato Basket (9781849755986) , The Creamery Kitchen (9781849754941) , Great British Cheeses, and Food Lovers' London, and General Editor of '1001 Restaurants You Have to Experience Before You Die'. Her food journalism has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the 'Financial Times', 'Guardian', 'Time Out', and 'The Times'. She is always very happy in the presence of good food.



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