Science Encyclopedia: Encyclopedia of Space and Astronomy

Editor/Author Angelo, Joseph A.
Publication Year: 2017
Publisher: Facts On File

Price: Core Collection Only
ISBN: 978-1-4381-6321-5
Category: Science - Astronomy
Image Count: 175
Book Status: Available
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Encyclopedia of Space and Astronomy, Revised Edition, offers a complete, up-to-date presentation of the main concepts, terms, facilities, and people in astronomy. The encyclopedia pays special attention to space-based astronomy and space exploration. Broad coverage includes terms such as astrophysics, planetary engineering, and cosmology, as well as both American and international astronomy and space technology.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • A
  • Abell cluster
  • aberration of starlight
  • ablative material
  • abundance of elements in the Universe
  • active galaxies (AGs)
  • Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE)
  • Advanced Earth Observation Satellite (ADEOS)
  • aerocapture
  • aerospace telecommunications
  • age of Earth
  • age of the Universe
  • airborne astronomy
  • air-breathing missile
  • alien life-form (ALF)
  • Alouette spacecraft
  • alpha (α) star
  • Alvarez, Luis Walter
  • Amalthea
  • Ananke
  • ancient astronomical instruments
  • Anik spacecraft
  • Antarctic meteorites
  • anthropic principle
  • antiballistic missile system (ABM)
  • antimatter cosmology
  • antisatellite spacecraft (ASAT)
  • aperture synthesis
  • Apollo Project
  • Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP)
  • Applications Technology Satellite (ATS)
  • Aqua spacecraft
  • archaeological astronomy
  • Arecibo Observatory
  • Ariel (spacecraft)
  • artificial intelligence and space technology
  • Aryabhata
  • AsiaSat 3
  • asteroid
  • asteroid defense system
  • asteroid mining
  • astroengineering
  • astrolabe
  • Astronomische Nederlandse Satellite (ANS)
  • astrophysics
  • Athena (launch vehicle)
  • Atlas
  • atmospheric heave
  • Aura spacecraft
  • B
  • Baikonur Cosmodrome
  • ballistic missile
  • ballistic missile defense (BMD)
  • ballistic missiles
  • Belinda
  • beta (β) star
  • Bianca
  • big bang theory
  • bioclean room
  • biogenic elements
  • black holes
  • blackbody
  • Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory
  • C
  • calendar
  • Caliban
  • Calypso
  • Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
  • Cape Canaveral
  • Carme
  • Cassini mission
  • cataclysmic variable (CV)
  • celestial coordinates
  • Cernan, Eugene A.
  • Challenger accident
  • Chandra X-Ray Observatory (CXO)
  • chemical evolution of the Universe
  • circumsolar space
  • circumstellar
  • Clarke, Sir Arthur C.
  • close encounter (CE)
  • closed universe
  • coherent light
  • comet
  • communications satellites
  • Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (CGRO)
  • consequences of interstellar contact
  • constellation
  • Constellation X-Ray Observatory
  • Copernican system
  • Cordelia
  • Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE)
  • cosmic consequences of space exploration
  • Cosmic Ray Satellite-B (COS-B)
  • cosmological constant
  • cosmology
  • COSPAS-SARSAT program
  • countdown
  • Cressida
  • cyborg
  • D
  • Dactyl
  • dark energy
  • dark matter
  • Dawn mission
  • Deep Impact mission
  • Deep Space 1 (DS1)
  • Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR)
  • Deep Space Network (DSN)
  • Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP)
  • Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS)
  • Defense Support Program (DSP)
  • defensive satellite weapon (DSAT)
  • degenerate matter
  • Delta
  • delta star
  • Despina
  • Destiny
  • Dirac cosmology
  • Discoverer
  • Drake equation
  • Dyson sphere
  • E
  • Earth
  • Earth Observing-1 (EO-1)
  • Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS)
  • Earthlike planet
  • Earth's trapped radiation belts
  • ecosphere (space and astronomy)
  • Einstein Observatory
  • Elara
  • electric propulsion
  • electromagnetic communications
  • electromagnetic (EM) spectrum
  • electromagnetic gun
  • electromagnetic launcher
  • entropy
  • epsilon (ε) star
  • eta (η) star
  • Eutelsat
  • evolved expendable launch vehicle (EELV)
  • exobiology
  • exotheology
  • Explorer 1
  • extragalactic
  • extrasolar planets
  • extraterrestrial catastrophe theory
  • extraterrestrial civilizations
  • extraterrestrial contamination
  • extraterrestrial life
  • extraterrestrial resources
  • F
  • Fast Auroral Snapshot Explorer (FAST)
  • “faster-than-light” travel
  • Fermi paradox
  • flat universe
  • flyby
  • fundamental forces in nature
  • G
  • g
  • Gaia mission
  • galactic disk
  • galactic halo
  • Galatea
  • galaxies
  • Galileo Project
  • gamma (γ) star
  • gamma-ray astronomy
  • Genesis Solar Wind Sample Return mission
  • geocentric cosmology
  • Giotto spacecraft
  • global change
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
  • Gorizont spacecraft
  • gravitation
  • gravitational lensing
  • gravity
  • gravity anomaly
  • Gravity Probe B
  • Green Bank Telescope (GBT)
  • “greening the galaxy”
  • guest star
  • H
  • Harvard classification system
  • Harvard College Observatory (HCO)
  • Hayabusa (spacecraft)
  • hazards of space travel
  • Helene
  • heliocentric
  • heliocentric cosmology
  • Hellas
  • High-Energy Astronomy Observatory (HEAO)
  • Hipparcos spacecraft
  • horizon mission methodology (HMM)
  • hot Jupiter
  • Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
  • Hubble's law
  • Huygens probe
  • hyperspace
  • I
  • ice catastrophe
  • “infective theory of life”
  • inferior planets
  • infrared astronomy
  • infrared imagery
  • infrared radiometer
  • infrared sensor
  • inner planets
  • intergalactic
  • International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
  • interplanetary
  • interstellar
  • interstellar communication
  • interstellar medium (ISM)
  • J
  • Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
  • Jovian planet
  • Juliet
  • Jupiter
  • Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO)
  • K
  • Kardashev civilizations
  • Kennedy, John Fitzgerald
  • Kerr black hole
  • Kirkwood gaps
  • Kourou launch complex
  • L
  • laboratory hypothesis
  • Larissa
  • Latin space designations
  • Leda
  • light flash
  • light-minute (lm)
  • light-second (ls)
  • little green men (LGM)
  • logistics module
  • lunar
  • lunar crater
  • Lysithea
  • M
  • Mars
  • Mars balloon
  • Mars base
  • Mars Exploration Rover mission
  • Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
  • Mars Observer mission
  • Mars Pathfinder
  • Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
  • Mars Sample Return mission (MSRM)
  • Mars surface rover
  • Martian meteorites
  • materials processing in space (MPS)
  • Mercury
  • Mercury Project
  • Messenger spacecraft
  • Messier Catalog
  • meteoroids
  • Metis
  • micro-
  • microgravity
  • Moon
  • Morgan-Keenan (MK) classification
  • N
  • Naiad
  • naked eye astronomy
  • NASA's Great Observatories Program
  • NASA's Origins Program
  • National Air and Space Museum (NASM)
  • National Solar Observatory (NSO)
  • National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA)
  • Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission
  • Neptune
  • Nereid
  • neutrino astronomy
  • New Horizons Pluto–Kuiper Belt Flyby mission
  • Newton, Sir Isaac
  • North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
  • nuclear fusion and space exploration
  • O
  • Oberon
  • oblateness
  • obliquity of the ecliptic
  • observable universe
  • occult (astronomy)
  • ocean remote sensing
  • open universe
  • Ophelia
  • optical double
  • optical interferometer
  • orbital mechanics
  • orbital transfer vehicle (OTV)
  • Orbiter (space shuttle)
  • orbits of objects in space
  • outer planets
  • P
  • Paaliaq
  • Pan
  • Pandora
  • panspermia
  • Pasiphaë
  • Pasithee
  • Pauli exclusion principle
  • Pegasus (launch vehicle)
  • Phobos
  • pico-
  • Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft
  • Pioneer plaque
  • Pioneer Venus mission
  • pixel
  • Planck spacecraft
  • planet fall
  • Planet Nine
  • planetary engineering
  • Pluto
  • Portia
  • pressurized habitable environment
  • primary body
  • primitive atmosphere
  • principle of mediocrity
  • Progress spacecraft
  • Project Cyclops
  • Project Daedalus
  • Project Orion
  • Project Ozma
  • propellant
  • Prospero
  • protosun
  • Puck
  • pulsating variable star
  • Q
  • quantum cosmology
  • quasars
  • Quickbird
  • QuikSCAT
  • R
  • radar astronomy
  • radar imaging
  • radio astronomy
  • radio frequency (RF)
  • radio galaxy
  • radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG)
  • reconnaissance satellite
  • regenerative life support system (RLSS)
  • remote sensing
  • resilience
  • ringed world
  • robotics in space
  • Roche limit
  • rocket
  • rocket ramjet
  • rocketry
  • rogue star
  • Röntgen, Wilhelm Conrad
  • RORSAT
  • Rosalind
  • Russian Space Agency
  • S
  • Salyut
  • Satellite Power System (SPS)
  • satellite-based communications
  • saturated vapor
  • Saturn
  • Saturn
  • science fiction
  • Scorpius X-1
  • search and rescue satellite
  • Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
  • Seasat
  • Sedna
  • self-replicating system (SRS)
  • Setebos
  • Shenzhou 5
  • Shenzhou 6
  • shimanagashi syndrome
  • short-range attack missile (SRAM)
  • single-stage-to-orbit vehicle (SSTO)
  • Sinope
  • Skylab (SL)
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO)
  • sol (astronomy)
  • solar sail
  • solipsism syndrome
  • South Atlantic anomaly (SAA)
  • Soyuz spacecraft
  • space base
  • space commerce
  • space construction
  • space debris
  • space food
  • space law
  • space nuclear power (SNP)
  • space platform
  • space radiation environment
  • space resources
  • space station
  • space technology and national security
  • Space Transportation System (STS)
  • space weather
  • space-age archaeology
  • spacecraft
  • spacecraft charging
  • spacecraft navigation
  • Spitzer, Lyman, Jr.
  • stagnation point
  • standard candle (astronomical)
  • star
  • star probe
  • starship
  • Stephano
  • Stonehenge
  • Subaru Telescope
  • subsatellite point
  • Sun
  • sundial
  • sunspot cycle
  • supernova
  • Swift spacecraft
  • Sycorax
  • system integration process
  • T
  • taikonaut
  • teleportation
  • Telesto
  • tera-
  • terran
  • terrestrial planets
  • Thalassa
  • theorem of detailed cosmic reversibility
  • theory of relativity
  • thermal control
  • thermodynamics
  • Thousand Astronomical Unit (TAU) mission
  • tidal force
  • Titan
  • Titan
  • Titania
  • Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)
  • transit (planetary)
  • Trans-Neptunian object (TNO)
  • Tychonic system
  • U
  • Ulysses mission
  • Umbriel
  • unidentified flying objects (UFOs)
  • United States Geological Survey's (USGS) Astrogeology Research Program
  • Unity (astronomy)
  • Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS)
  • Uranus
  • V
  • Vatican Observatory
  • Venus
  • vernal equinox
  • Very Large Array (VLA)
  • Very Large Telescope (VLT)
  • Viking Project
  • Voyager record
  • Voyager spacecraft
  • Vulcan
  • W
  • Wallops Flight Facility (WFF)
  • Walt Disney and space travel
  • water hole
  • weather satellites
  • weather satellites and global weather forecasting
  • Webb, James E.
  • Wells, Herbert George
  • white dwarf
  • Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP)
  • X
  • X-37B
  • XMM-Newton (spacecraft)
  • X-ray astronomy
  • Y
  • Yarkovsky effect
  • Yerkes Observatory
  • ylem
  • Yohkoh (spacecraft)
  • young Population I stars
  • Z
  • Zarya
  • Zenit (launch vehicle)
  • zero-gravity aircraft
  • zeta star
  • zodiac
  • Zond
  • zoo hypothesis
  • Zucchi, Niccolo
  • Zvezda