Scientific Discoveries and Future Missions

Brian Harvey with Olga Zakutnyaya

RUSSIAN SPACE PROBES: Scientific Discoveries and Future Missions The Soviet Union began the exploration of space with the launch of Sputnik in 1957, well over 50 years ago, and sent the first probes to the moon, Mars, and Venus. Less well known is what these probes actually found out. What were the discoveries of Russian space science? What new discoveries may we expect in the future? Who were Russia's most important scientists?

Russian Space Probes gives for the first time the definitive history of Soviet-Russian space science, and is the first book to assess the actual achievements of the Russian space program in furthering our knowledge of the Solar System. Among other projects covered are missions such as Elektron, which mapped the Earth's radiation belts; the astrophysical observatories Astron, Kuant, Gamma, and Granat; Proton, which trapped cosmic rays; Prognoz, which measured solar radiation; and the Interball, Aktivny, APEX and Magion missions in which satellites chased each other in the Earth's magnetic tail.

The final part of the book examines the future of Russian space science and looks at planned new missions, such as the Spektr series of space observatories, and return flights to the moon and Mars, including sampling of Phobos.

Table of Contents

Introduction by the authors
Terminology and translation notes
Reference notes
List of tables
List of illustrations
List of figures

1. Early space science
2. Deepening our understanding
3. Revealing the Moon
4. Unveiling Venus
5. The path to Mars
6. Orbiting space stations
7. Later Soviet space science: the observatories
8. Perspectives, past and future

Annexe: Summary of Soviet and Russian space science missions

Extent: 544 pages, black and white/colour images integrated within text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4419-8149-3

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