This book aims to explain, in everyday terms, just what is involved in launching something into space and exploring the universe outside of our own small planet. It provides an overview into what is required for a mission, without the mathematical analysis of the fine detail. Such analysis is included in many good textbooks, some of which are listed in the bibliography. The rest of this chapter explains and defines some of the fundamental properties of space and rocket science that will be referred to throughout the book. The more technical aspects have been relegated to the Appendices, and, for simplicity, I have usually referred to all spacefaring humans as astronauts, no matter their citizenship or the country from which they launched.
KeywordsSolar Wind Outer Space Orbital Velocity Space Debris Reaction Motor
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