Tomorrow’s targets

  • Gregory L. Matloff
Part of the Space Exploration book series (PRAXIS)

Abstract

As the twenty-first century dawns, humanity is beginning to recover from its night-fear. Very soon we will challenge the cold and barren wastes that extend endlessly between the stars. It may be centuries yet before brave bands of human explorers enter this forbidding realm; but our robots will proceed us.

Keywords

Mercury Transportation Explosive Expense Emissivity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregory L. Matloff
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  1. 1.General Studies ProgramNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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