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Space and Astronomy
  • Authored by: Marianne J. Dyson
  • From the Series: Twentieth-Century Science
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 081605536X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5536-4
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $49.50
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 05/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 520.9
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 304


For thousands of years, humans have scanned the sky and charted the movement of celestial bodies. The daily and seasonal patterns of the Sun, Moon, and stars guided sailors home, dictated the timing of planting and harvesting, and became an inspiration for festivals, celebrations, and holidays. The appearance of novae, comets, and storms of "shooting stars" lighting up the predawn hours were interpreted as lucky signs, dire omens, or special messages from the gods. These practical and spiritual connections of astronomy with human activity motivated and inspired improvements in observations and technology, which led to a deeper interest in exploring what lies beyond the outskirts of this galaxy and the next.

Space and Astronomy: Decade by Decade reveals how the astronomers unravel the mysteries of how the Sun shines, how stars collapse into black holes, and how the universe expands. It is the story of dreamers who designed rockets to bring back knowledge of other worlds and other galaxies. This volume of the Twentieth-Century Science set describes the progress of astronomy and the development of spaceflight from 1901 to 2000.


Black-and-white photographs and line illustrations. Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Glossary. Cross-references. Further reading. Chronologies. Sidebars. Web sites.

About the Author(s)

Marianne J. Dyson is a former NASA flight controller with a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a technical editor and science consultant for several publishers and a popular speaker on topics in space and astronomy. Dyson won the Golden Kite award for Space Station Science and the American Institute of Physics Science Writing award for Home on the Moon.

Reviews and Awards

"...extremely well detailed, the writing remains readable from start to finish, and an excellent index provides near-encyclopedic access. A fine history."
School Library Journal

"...recommended for school libraries (high school) and public and academic libraries."
American Reference Books Annual

"...a very readable, very informative, and very enjoyable history of what has been accomplished in studies of space and astronomy in the 20th century."
Naples Daily News

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