Final Frontier

Final Frontier

The Pioneering Science and Technology of Exploring the Universe

Book - 2014
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Star Trek was right -- there is only one final frontier, and that is space...

Human beings are natural explorers, and nowhere is this frontier spirit stronger than in the United States of America. It almost defines the character of the US. But the Earth is running out of frontiers fast.

In Brian Clegg's The Final Frontier we discover the massive challenges that face explorers, both human and robotic, to uncover the current and future technologies that could take us out into the galaxy and take a voyage of discovery where no one has gone before... but one day someone will. In 2003, General Wesley Clark set the nation a challenge to produce the technology that would enable new pioneers to explore the galaxy. That challenge is tough -- the greatest we've ever faced. But taking on the final frontier does not have to be a fantasy.

In a time of recession, escapism is always popular -- and what greater escape from the everyday can there be than the chance of leaving Earth's bounds and exploring the universe? With a rich popular culture heritage in science fiction movies, books and TV shows, this is a subject that entertains and informs in equal measure.

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2014, ©2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250039439
Branch Call Number: 629. 4 CLE
Characteristics: viii, 291 pages ; 22 cm


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ChristchurchLib Sep 30, 2014

About 62 miles (100 km) above the Earth's surface, at the Kármán line, outer space begins...and never ends. But how will we get there, given the not-insignificant challenges of launching bodies (human or mechanical) into orbit? In this engaging, accessible book, physicist Brian Clegg, author of How to Build a Time Machine, explores potential advanced technologies that could help us reach the stars - including nuclear fission, fusion rockets, solar sails, ion thrusters, and mass drivers - as well as tools to help humans survive and thrive once we reach our destination. However, in the near future, as Clegg points out, the biggest obstacle is money. Space tourism? Private investment? A reality TV show set on Mars? Read on and find out. Science and Nature Newsletter October 2014.

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