Introduction to Spaceflight

  • Douglas W. MacDougal
Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)


Toward the end of his classic book, Interplanetary Flight, Arthur C. Clarke in 1950 was looking ahead to the end of the twentieth century and the prospects for the future of space travel. He noted that to the ordinary man “this planet is still the whole of the universe: he knows that other worlds exist, but the knowledge does not affect his life and therefore has little real meaning to him.” But this, Clarke predicted, would soon be a thing of the past:


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    Clarke AC (1950) Interplanetary flight. Harper & Row, New YorkGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas W. MacDougal
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  1. 1.PortlandUSA

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