By Richard Berry
Those books provide fairly varied views on astronomical instrumentation. endless Vistas, primarily based on a sequence of public lectures, involves eleven chapters by means of expert astronomers on significant new astronomical tools below building, deliberate, or was hoping for. From radio waves to gamma rays, they conceal the complete diversity of the electromagnetic spectrum, summarizing fresh development, detailing deliberate new gear, and explaining examine difficulties to be resolved sooner or later. person contributions are good written and healthy jointly strangely good to shape a coherent treatise. Given the main position of instrumentation within the dramatic development of 20th-century astronomy, the quantity presents a thrilling peek on the subsequent twenty years. Readers don't have complicated education to take pleasure in this paintings, even supposing a few previous wisdom of astronomy and physics should help. Berry's e-book comprises exact directions for amateurs wishing to build small optical telescopes. It presents photos and plans for 5 particular telescopes 4 reflectors of differing styles and sizes and one refractor. a number of different chapters clarify telescope development and common use. the writer is an skilled of, and author on, telescopes. either books are steered for public and educational libraries.
Jack W. Weigel, Univ. of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor
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Actual pictures of the Venusian landscape may then be sent back to Earth for study. After intensive study of the greenhouse planet with —probably over a period of some capable of going to work on the unmanned vehicles twenty-five years first manned and probes —we should be mission. The First Manned Expeditions Before the end of the 1960-1970 decade predicted that Blueprints men will for interplanetary go to the planets many space scientists by the end of the century. spacecraft, using conventional chemical rocket propellants such as those in the Apollo program, have been presented by space experts since the early 1950's.
For a one-way flight to much higher speed. to carry it Just a to set foot craft so the planet the spacecraft need not reach a very trifle out of the Earth's For man orbit Mars more than escape velocity is enough field. on Mars he must can "capture" first The it. slow down his space- ship then enters into an around the planet, and the explorers can then go down Mars' surface in a landing capsule that, of course, must provide rocket propulsion for takeoff from Mars' surface to orbit surface mission is completed.
In 1964 it was confirmed by the use rotation period of American scientists in of the newly erected huge radio telescope with a 1 ,000-foot antenna THE GODDESS OF BEAUTY AS A GLOBE / 37 dish just completed at Arecibo, Puerto Rico. of Venus was found to be 247 ± The retrograde period 5 days. remains a complete mystery to scientists It in the opposite direction —backward why Venus rotates or counterclockwise —com- pared with the other planets in the solar system. The theories try- phenomenon vary, and some sound fantastic.
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