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New York: McGraw-Hill, . Hardcover. 24 cm, 422 pages, illustrations. Name written in ink inside front board, DJ worn, torn in places, and missing small pieces. Space Communications can be defined as communications between a vehicle in outer space and Earth, using high-frequency electromagnetic radiation (radio waves). Provision for such communication is an essential requirement of any space mission. The total communication system ordinarily includes (1) command, the transmission of instructions to the spacecraft; (2) telemetry, the transmission of scientific and applications data from the spacecraft to Earth; and (3) tracking, the determination of the distance (range) from Earth to the spacecraft and its radial velocity (range-rate) toward or away from Earth by the measurement of the round-trip radio transmission time and Doppler frequency shift (magnitude and direction). A specialized but commercially important application, which is excluded from consideration here, is the communications satellite system in which the spacecraft serves solely as a relay station between remote points on Earth.
New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2001. First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. 176 pages. Illustrations (color). Essay by Svetlana Boym. Notes. Catalogue (picture identifications) on pages 101-109). Reference collection stamp on top edge. No other markings noted. DJ has noticeable sticker residue. The photographs in this work were taken between June 1995 and April 1999. Native New Yorker Adam Bartos has been photographing since he was a teenager and creates photographs suffused with a quiet calm. He cites William Eggleston--known for his intensely colored images of ordinary scenes--and the earlier photographers Timothy O'Sullivan and Carleton Watkins--both known for their unique documents of the changing American landscape--as primary influences, Bartos focuses on the contemporary landscape. Yet, in his images, time seems to stand still, lending them an aura of temporal dislocation. In the early 1970s he attended film school at New York University and began working with color photography. He was mentored independently by the photographer Evelyn Hofer, known for her serene and meticulous color compositions. Bartos published perhaps his best-known work--photographs illustrating the effects of time on the modernist United Nations building in New York after fifty years of use--in the book International Territory: The United Nations, 1945-95, 1995. In 2001 he published Kosmos: A Portrait of the Russian Space Age, photographs of the "obsolescent future" of the Soviet space program.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1976. First Edition. First? Printing. 165, illus., bibliography, usual library markings, DJ in plastic sleeve, some page soiling Introduction by Isaac Asimov. One of the great accidents of nature occurred in Siberia in 1908, when a fireball appeared over the horizon and slammed into a remote forest area, creating shock waves which were felt half a world away. The authors explore not only what Russian scientists have to say about the affair today, but also assess enlightened opinions from scientists worldwide, as well as on-the-scene reports and interviews.
Morristown, NJ: Silver Burdett Company, 1981. quarto, 35, profusely illus. in color, appendix, index, library stamps crossed out in marker, boards and spine scuffed & edges worn pencil underlining and notes on several pages, library stickers on rear board crossed out in marker, library call number sticker taped to front board. This book for young readers describes some of the problems that hadto be overcome before the Apollo landings on the moon could take place, anddiscusses possible future developments.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. xix, , 148,  pages. Bibliography. Index. Foreword by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Belbruno devised one of the most exciting concepts now being used in space flight, that of swinging through the cosmos on the subtle fluctuations of the planets' gravitational pulls. His idea was met with skepticism until 1991, when he used it to get a stray Japanese satellite back on course to the Moon. The successful rescue represented the first application of chaos to space travel and ushered in an emerging new field. Part memoir, part scientific adventure story, Fly Me to the Moon gives a gripping insider's account of that mission and of Belbruno's personal struggles with the science establishment. Along the way, Belbruno introduces readers to recent breathtaking advances in American space exploration. He discusses ways to capture and redirect asteroids; presents new research on the origin of the Moon; weighs in on discoveries like 2003 UB313 (now named Eris), a dwarf planet detected in the far outer reaches of our solar system--and much more. Grounded in Belbruno's own rigorous theoretical research but written for a general audience, Fly Me to the Moon is for anybody who has ever felt moved by the spirit of discovery.
New York: Dutton, 2006. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. Format is approximately 11.875 inches by 11.875 inches. xi, , 196 pages. Illustrations (many in color). Several fold-out illustrations. Foreword by Bill Nye. Appendix. Additional Resources. Index. DJ has some wear, soiling, edge tears and chips. Jim Bell is a planetary scientist, educator, author, public speaker, and President of The Planetary Society. He is heavily involved in NASA solar system exploration missions like those of the Mars rovers Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity. In 2011 he received the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication from the American Astronomical Society. He is an avid writer for space-related topics. His popular science and space photography books include Postcards from Mars, Mars 3-D, Moon 3-D, The Space Book and most recently, The Interstellar Age . Jim is a Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University and is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University.