The Firefly Space EncyclopediaBook - 1999
Compiled by leading space experts, The Firefly Space Encyclopedia is the most accessible and up-to-date illustrated reference work on the cosmos currently available.
It is fully illustrated with stunning photographs of outer space as well as all of the important spacecraft - from early rockets to spy satellites and the latest spaceplanes. Large-scale, cut-away artworks reveal space hardware, such as international space stations, in amazing detail while maps, charts and diagrams present factual information clearly and concisely.
For the budding astronomer, there is a special section on how to get started in stargazing including instructions for making a simple telescope, plus star and moon maps. Full Space Data reports records, landmarks and facts and figures about the planets.
- The Professionals: how astronomers study the universe
- Spaceship Earth: our platform in space
- Lift Off: breaking free of Earth's gravity
- Using Space: how would we live today without satellites?
- Space Pioneers: exploring the nearer reaches of space
- Rubble of the Solar System: comets, asteroids, meteors and meteorites
- The Depths of the Universe: exploring the far-flung cosmos
- The Universe in Your Backyard: what you need to start stargazing
- Timeline: four millennia of astronomical discovery
From starbirth, stardeath and gamma ray astronomy, from "cosmic storms" to Spaceport Earth to Space Wars, The Firefly Space Encyclopedia is the ultimate visual guide to the known universe.