Lunar Exploration - Human Pioneers and Robotic Surveyors
Paolo Ulivi with David M. Harland
From the late 1950s, when the former USSR launched its Lunik probes, to the mid 1970s and the United States successful manned flights to the Moon, lunar exploration was high on the superpowers space agendas.
In Lunar Exploration: Human Pioneers and Robotic Surveyors, Paolo Ulivi gives a lucid and accessible account of man's attempts to reach the Moon. As well as covering the well-documented manned and unmanned missions, he draws on recently declassified information to describe Chinese lunar exploration projects and how lunar nuclear weapons were developed by the superpowers in the 1950s. Since the mid 1970s, there have been few missions to the Moon but interest is once again on the increase. The United States has developed its Clementine and Lunar Prospector spacecraft, both Japan and the European Space Agency are involved in lunar missions, and there is interest from China and India, and hope that Russia will again become involved.
Perhaps a new age of lunar exploration is about to begin.
List of illustrations
- Pioneers and First Exploits
- The Race: 1960-69
- America Wins the Race
- How the Soviet Union Lost the Race
- The End of the Race
- A Small Invasion
- The Future
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